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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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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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8 competitions to get your students fired up about STEM

8 competitions to get your students fired up about STEM

04/23/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

Quick! How do you get students interested in STEM?

The answer, unfortunately, isn’t easy to pinpoint. With the exception of a small number of math, science and computer whizzes, most middle and high school students — particularly…

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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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Computer programming in 4 steps

Computer programming in 4 steps

03/20/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics

At the secondary level, core computer science (CS) concepts and practices are taught in courses typically within the…

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Coding, robotics programs are engaging learners worldwide

Coding, robotics programs are engaging learners worldwide

11/20/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Robotics

On a visit to a class in Sitka, Alaska, we watched second grade students gain incredible experiences in computer science skills. The teacher, Cindy Duncan, believes in teaching young children to code, so she…

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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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3 powerful words can unlock computer science success

3 powerful words can unlock computer science success

07/31/2019

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

I was reminded recently of the three powerful words that capture the everyday miracles of learning and teaching. It happened as my sixth graders were just beginning to create ordered and unordered lists during their first lessons in HTML. All at once, I heard a chorus of voices exclaim…

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