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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 coding,”…

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Digital citizenship starts with the person  not the tool!

Digital citizenship starts with the person not the tool!

01/03/2019

Topics: 1:1, Assessment, Augmented reality, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Flipped learning, Gamification, Gaming, Learning sciences, Makerspaces, Online learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Why do we do what we do? It's an age-old question. From getting too close to a fire to getting online excessively, our decisions aren't always good for us.

There is a model for understanding that irrational, sometimes frustrating, human behavior. It's…

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Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

12/19/2018

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

Not long ago, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom wondering how taking a particular class would help me in life.

Luckily, most of the courses I was taking actually complemented what I planned to study in college – computer science.

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Make Hour of Code a lifetime passion with these free resources

Make Hour of Code a lifetime passion with these free resources

11/30/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Since 2013, more than 650 million students worldwide have participated in the Hour of Code, an international event designed to inspire students

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10 easy steps to start coding with Google CS First

10 easy steps to start coding with Google CS First

11/29/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics

In Greenfield Union School District where I teach fifth grade, I’m known as a bit of a technology enthusiast. This means I’m always excited about new ways to integrate tech in the classroom…

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Teaching computational thinking more important than defining it

Teaching computational thinking more important than defining it

11/27/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Computational thinking (CT) is riding a strong current in the edtech world that teaching K-12 students to think like computer scientists will better prepare them for life in the digital age.

But bringing CT to K-12 classrooms isn’t something that can be done…

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There' 's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

There's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

10/03/2018

Topics: 1:1, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Makerspaces, Mobile learning, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM, Technology infrastructure, Tools

The past decade has seen a narrowing of the digital divide when it comes to two things: the number of devices in classrooms and the Wi-Fi that transforms these devices into powerful learning tools.

But it’s premature to say the digital playing field has been leveled.…

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Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

09/14/2018

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

The notion that computer science education is essential for all is picking up steam in the United States; however, we still are a long way from making it accessible and equitable for all.…

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6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

09/11/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Flipped learning, ISTE Standards for Educators, ISTE Standards for Students, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Helping students manage smartphone use might not seem like the type of subject that schools should be teaching. But given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices…

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