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4 ways to make CS for all a reality

4 ways to make CS for all a reality

05/24/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning

Kimberly Lane believes that in the digital age, computer science (CS) should be right up there with reading and writing as a foundational skill.

Lane, blended learning specialist for Lancaster Independent School District near Dallas, walks the talk by helping educators…

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Students build coding skills block by block

Students build coding skills block by block

04/19/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Gaming, Robotics

New knowledge is constructed by building on what we already know, making connections by tinkering with new combinations of familiar blocks.

In the same way that a musician improvises new melodies, or a poet constructs new juxtapositions of sounds, words and images, students…

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Students use computational thinking to analyze real problems

Students use computational thinking to analyze real problems

03/27/2018

Topics: Computational Thinking

The poster boards on display in an Oregon middle school gym illustrate a wide range of student concerns and passions. One features data on the incidence of breast cancer, another highlights the percentage of women versus men in Congress since 1970 and yet another illustrates the effects of…

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Computer Programming in 4 Steps

07/13/2022

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics

If your school is still teaching core computer science (CS) concepts and practices under the umbrella of career and technical education (CTE) or…

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How To Develop Computational Thinkers

11/17/2022

Topics: Computational Thinking, computer science

The demand for computer science (CS) in schools has many teachers wondering which components of CS they should implement first. A couple of years ago, I asked myself the very same question, and I had to remind myself that creating a computer scientist could take up to…

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4 ways to help students get workforce-ready

4 ways to help students get workforce-ready

01/10/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, Project-based learning

Being a student should be a little like being an apprentice preparing for life in the real world. But when school is nothing like the future workplace, that goal is impossible to reach.

So what will the real world be like when students enter the workforce? We hear a lot about…

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3 Ways To Ensure That All Students Have Access to Computer Science

11/18/2022

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

With the urgent need for computer science (CS) skills in today’s workforce, one would think that every school in the nation would have a robust CS program. But nearly half of U.S.…

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Teach kids computer science through design and inquiry

Teach kids computer science through design and inquiry

12/04/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Gaming, Robotics

I first discovered computer science (CS) and coding more than 20 years ago while completing my undergraduate work. Little did I know that one day CS would be the

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Jennie Magiera: Give voice to the untold stories of your students [video]

Jennie Magiera: Give voice to the untold stories of your students [video]

11/22/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, ISTE Conference & Expo, Literacies, Mobile learning, professional learning

Have you ever heard a speaker so amazing and inspiring that you knew your life would never be the same after hearing them talk? That’s what it was like to hear Jennie Magiera’s keynote speech at the 2017 ISTE Conference & Expo.

The Chicago-based educator…

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