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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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It' 's time to demystify computational thinking

It's time to demystify computational thinking

07/30/2015

Topics: Computational Thinking

Selling a new idea — or one that is unfamiliar to a majority of folks — can be a daunting task, fraught with barriers of skepticism, doubt and resistance. In the universe of computer science, the definition and application of “computational thinking” (CT) is widely acknowledged as a pathway…

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CT scan: Computational thinking broadens student's analytical thinking skills

CT scan: Computational thinking broadens student's analytical thinking skills

07/14/2015

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

When Jeannette Wing shared her vision in 2006 that computational thinking (CT) would be “a fundamental skill used by…

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Engaging girls in games and coding

Engaging girls in games and coding

03/11/2015

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

Tanya Martin is a mother, an educator and a World of Warcraft aficionado. As a gamer, she is exposed to a lot of stereotypes about women and gaming as well as notions that girls aren't as good at computer skills and coding as boys. 

" "We need to get rid of those stereotypes," " she…

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Sitka' 's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

Sitka's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

01/16/2015

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

To what extent and in what ways should digital technologies change career and technical education (CTE) programs in manufacturing? CTE teachers and administrators have been dealing with this question for decades, but recent changes in 3D design software and modern tooling, such as 3D…

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Wegner' 's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

Wegner's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

01/14/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Literacies, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

There she was in the White House, along with 120 other school superintendents, and there was President Obama, at the podium. And then there was this:

" "And then you got Mary Wegner, superintendent of the Sitka, Alaska, School District. Where's Mary?" " Obama said. " "She came a long…

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