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4 ways to use Scratch to bring coding to young learners

4 ways to use Scratch to bring coding to young learners

12/09/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

If you want to incorporate coding into the curriculum but your school lacks the resources, there are plenty of low- and no-cost tools you can turn to. Scratch is one of the most versatile resources for this because it boosts student engagement and provides an easy way to infuse coding into your…

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11 hot edtech trends to watch

11 hot edtech trends to watch

03/23/2017

Topics: 1:1, Augmented reality, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Makerspaces, Standards

Find the hottest topics of 2018 here.

We wanted to know which topics are shaping up to be this year's hottest in edtech, so we combed through thousands of educator-created sessions in…

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What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

01/31/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, ISTE Conference & Expo, Makerspaces

It began as a donated box of K’nex set out on a library table.

Students started tinkering. Librarian Diana Rendina started asking questions.

Bit by bit, the makers who came in helped her decide what to add next: Snap Circuits. Legos. Rotating craft stations.…

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3 easy lessons that teach coding and computational thinking

Teach coding and computational thinking to elementary students

01/16/2020

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

02/06/2020

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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Kids coding at a laptop

Celebrate Hour of Code with these activities and resources

11/26/2019

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

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 Khan Academy, have joined Code.org to offer activities centered on coding and computational…

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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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