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Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Apps in Education | Scoop.it

"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."


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We need to prepare our students for a future where computer technology is an everyday part of their lives - oh, woops, we're already there! We may not need to understand how it works to use it, but for  our students such knowledge will make a difference to their career opportunities.  Knowledge and experience in programming and codes early will build those brain pathways when its most effective.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, June 10, 2014 8:43 PM

Two I'm trialling are Codecombat.com and codeavengers.com but I'm looking forward to looking at these.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 2014 10:43 AM

Possible additions to my "games" list. 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:12 PM

A must read for teachers. Excellent list.

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6 Hands-On Tools and Activities for Teaching Web Literacy — Emerging Education Technologies

6 Hands-On Tools and Activities for Teaching Web Literacy — Emerging Education Technologies | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
  Creative Commons Licensed Image Source Web Literacy is Essential for Today’s Learners One of the most important skills of the 21st century — web literacy — is often overlooked in the classroom. The ability to read, write and participate

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WARNING- some fun coding activities in here!

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Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources

Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology.

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Lots of links here to articles and websites with coding games/links.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, August 24, 2015 8:29 AM

Des outils pour coder pour néophytes. 

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, November 26, 2015 2:54 PM
Some resources to begin coding in the classroom.
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, February 5, 10:15 PM
Coding resources from Edudemic.
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Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes ~ EdTech & MLearning

Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes ~ EdTech & MLearning | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
‘Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design. Minecraft in education is teachers and students inspiring each other to change the way we learn.’

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Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 17, 2015 8:03 AM

If your gonna let 'em play games, make the time useful and educational......

Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 18, 2015 9:03 AM

Microsoft has created a global site to promote Minecraft as an educational tool.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, July 19, 2015 6:25 AM

Any way of making a link between what students really do and the maths we want them to learn is a bonus.  Too often a 'real-life' maths problem has little or no relevance to the students' lives.

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Five iPad Apps for Teaching Programming to Younger Pupils - The ICT Advisors

Five iPad Apps for Teaching Programming to Younger Pupils - The ICT Advisors | Apps in Education | Scoop.it

"As we head towards a world where coding is considered a necessary skill, teaching pupils the basics of programming has never been more crucial. Unlike the common belief that coding is a specialised skill only applicable to selected areas, programming is actually used in almost all industries. Coding is not for young adults and ‘geeks’ anymore; even elementary students can easily dive into this complex world with the use of modern day technology.

 

The qualm that people have against teaching coding so early usually involves lack of space in the current curriculum and the lack of confidence (in the child or teacher’s) ability to code themselves. Thanks to the rise in popularity of mobile technology and apps, even the most inexperienced user can easily learn the core concepts of coding. Below are great apps which you can utilise to learn and teach basic programming."


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I'll be recommending these to our parents. If we can't find time in our curriculum to expose the students, just tell the kids that this is the training for creating apps which could earn them heaps!

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100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad

100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad

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I so agree with this.  Play the games and consider what the learning is before you give it to a student.  At least some of the games listed are available in Australia,  I would add another - Match 10.  It works on so many levels from simple number facts to strategy, with multiple students working on the same device. This one you can't do on paper!

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:48 AM

I so agree with this.  Play the games and consider what the learning is before you give it to a student.  At least some of the games listed are available in Australia,  I would add another - Match 10.  It works on so many levels from simple number facts to strategy, with multiple students working on the same device. This one you can't do on paper!

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Is technology dangerous?

Is technology dangerous? | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
This guest post was written by Tali, a pre-service teacher in her final year of studying to be a primary school teacher. You may have read an earlier guest post by a pre-service teacher in the UK -...
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"Technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born." Sir Ken Robinson

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, March 29, 2014 11:56 PM

"Technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born." Sir Ken Robinson

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5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills)

5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills) | Apps in Education | Scoop.it

How do sports and video games teach kids to be empathetic?

 

Video games and gaming are great motivators. Games can also be a rewarding activity for social and mental well-being. Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a new mobile game, designed to develop empathy and improve life skills in young gamers (aged 9-16).  HMC believes that in order to promote a more understanding culture and to stop bullying, improving empathy is essential in de-stigmatizing all mental health issues and changing users’ off-line behaviour.


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So what makes gaming an effective way

to teach kids how to

be empathetic?

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By Emily Copeland


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A really misleading title. This article is about a game that is being developed that they HOPE will teach empathy.  I'm not convinced.

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Ryan Burwell's curator insight, April 11, 2014 3:02 PM

More evidence to suggest that games are powerful tools to help cultivate social-emotional skills. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 2014 9:15 AM

Parents and teachers alike here is something to check out for your kids!

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13 Apps and Games for Internet Safety Awareness

Check out these games and apps that will help you teach kids all about Internet safety and the digital citizenship mindset.
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We need to be teaching (and learning) how to recognise the good , the bad, and the ugly online.

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"100+ experiments in chemistry"

"100+ experiments in chemistry" | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
Chemistry videos for education and just for fun

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Some fun videos, even though some of the slides are a bit wordy.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 2015 11:07 AM

Student's will enjoy the Pharaoh's Serpent experiment.   

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:10 AM

Oh my, my Science Teachers' Christmas just came early.

Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, July 28, 2015 1:45 PM

Check these out, if you do not have the time or equipment to do these in class.

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10 Things Every Educator Should Know About... Their iPad - STAFFRM

10 Things Every Educator Should Know About... Their iPad - STAFFRM | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
As I said yesterday, I will be writing a post every day this week, each of which will focus on 10 things. Today it's iPads.

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I learned three new things about my iPad from this post.  And I joined STAFFRM. Unexpected!

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The Best iPad Apps to Use with SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best iPad Apps to Use with SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Apps in Education | Scoop.it

"SAMR model is a conceptual framework developed by  Dr. Ruben Puentedura to help you better integrate technology in your instruction. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition. Each of these four levels correspond with a set of tech-based activities and learning tasks. The strength of SAMR model is that it provides teachers with a robust method to gauge and assess the efficacy of the technology they and their students use in class. Check out this section for more resources on  SAMR."


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 27, 2014 12:23 AM

Can we do this?

Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, September 27, 2014 1:53 AM

Very interesting model - you should study it in detail

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 28, 2014 8:51 AM

Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition

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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
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It's always helpful to see what others are using.

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How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information

How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information
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School really does need to be about teaching skills - not content. How to question for authenticity the myriad of so-called news stories, how to research without being overwhelmed by google results, how to use logic and reasoning before you accept it just because "the computer said so"!

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:50 AM

School really does need to be about teaching skills - not content. How to question for authenticity the myriad of so-called news stories, how to research without being overwhelmed by google results, how to use logic and reasoning before you accept it just because "the computer said so"!

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Classroom Tasks

Classroom Tasks | Apps in Education | Scoop.it
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Simple apps, essential skills, well directed tasks.  An excellent set of activities

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 6, 2014 9:09 AM

Simple apps, essential skills, well directed tasks.  An excellent set of activities