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3 easy lessons that teach coding and computational thinking

3 easy lessons that teach coding and computational thinking

01/27/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Students love it when teachers bring cool and creative things to the classroom, but unless those things connect to content and curriculum, the benefits can be limited.

And, as Patricia Brown, technology specialist at Old Bonhomme Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri, explains, lessons…

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No device needed to teach kids to code

No device needed to teach kids to code

01/29/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Leka DeGroot can relate to teachers who would like to bring coding to their classrooms but just can’t fathom fitting it in.

“Teachers often tell me, ‘It sounds great but I don’t have time, or I don’t have the skills,’ but you don’t have to be a computer scientist to teach…

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6 reasons for coding in K-5 classrooms

6 reasons for coding in K-5 classrooms

02/01/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

In many districts, students still get their first introduction to computer science and coding in middle school or high school. That timing, argues John Pearce, is all wrong.

“If you start computer science in K-5, students don’t have set ideas about what they are or aren’t good at,”…

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Hadi Partovi: Teach computer science to all students

Hadi Partovi: Teach computer science to all students

12/06/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, ISTE Conference & Expo, STEM & STEAM

When you’re the co-founder of a nonprofit like Code.org, audiences assume your message is that kids need to learn code. In that respect, Hadi Partovi doesn’t fit expectations. His message in his EdTekTalk was…

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Celebrate Hour of Code with these activities and resources

Celebrate Hour of Code with these activities and resources

12/05/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM, Tools

Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science and has grown into a weeklong event involving millions of people from around the world. Many organizations, from Disney to…

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Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

11/15/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

Much like school itself, professional development days are often regarded as a waste of instructional time. But what if PD days could be fun and effective for both teachers and students?…

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5 things coding teaches the youngest learners

5 things coding teaches the youngest learners

10/06/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Makerspaces

One day soon, computer science will be a required course at all U.S. high schools. That concept has school technology associate Trish Cloud thinking about how to prepare even her youngest learners for their future.

“If I can show K-5 students that coding is fun, that…

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The role of robotics in connecting curriculum to deep, meaningful learning

The role of robotics in connecting curriculum to deep, meaningful learning

10/01/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

The biggest thoughts often come from the littlest people.

A Canadian second grader had just spent an hour or so coding with his classmates when the child was asked a simple question: “What have you learned?”

“Today taught me…

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Google CS First ignites interest in computer science

Google CS First ignites interest in computer science

12/28/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Personalized Learning, STEM & STEAM, Tools

I am always looking for ways to inspire my students — especially middle school girls — to grow their knowledge and skills in STEM subjects, particularly in the realm of computer science. So it was a great find when I discovered Google CS…

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Teach your students to code with Code.org' 's free resources

Teach your students to code with Code.org's free resources

08/21/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

If you haven’t heard yet, coding is a big deal, and for good reason. Computer science (CS) job opportunities pay well and are growing at twice the national average. And yet, most schools don’t offer any programming classes, and CS courses don’t even count toward graduation in about half of U.S.…

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