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Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

11/14/2014

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

We should definitely be teaching computer science (CS) in elementary school. Why?

The most common answer to this question is jobs — but not necessarily traditional computing or programming jobs. Our nation's current trajectory points to a lasting digital era, and we'll need people…

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No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton

No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton

06/30/2014

Topics: Digital storytelling, Literacies

You might call LeVar Burton one of the earliest ed tech adopters.

In 1983, just four years after the first ISTE conference (known as NECC in those days), he began using the prevalent technology of the day — television — to engage kids in reading. As host of the long-running show "…

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5 things students learn from 3D storytelling

5 things students learn from 3D storytelling

06/05/2014

Topics: Digital storytelling, Literacies

Merging digital age tech projects with the reality of low-tech classrooms and fixed scheduling can be frustrating. Many classrooms in our building have at most one computer students can access, and computer lab time is limited. These time and hardware limitations, combined with the…

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