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Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz

Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it

As a primer, Mozilla recently debuted its Webmaker program in hopes of making it “easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go.” Webmaker Badges fit seamlessly with that purpose, throwing gamification and bragging rights into the mix.

Admittedly, at first look these badges feel like a novelty more than anything else, but Mozilla has an interesting plan: to integrate them into Persona identities (which we covered here). With it, Mozilla hopes that these badges will provide a “lasting record” of a user’s capabilities and achievements, so they can show off “their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers.” That’s an ambitious goal.


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The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators

The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“It’s all over the news: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education ranks among the country’s most pressing needs.”
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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, October 15, 2:56 PM

This article addresses all things STEM.  There are resources on STEM activities and other excellent information about the STEM concept of instruction.

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The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail | Coding

The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail | Coding | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices.The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply print your own case and parts and stick your own hardware into it, but where’s the fun in that?
The kit should ship in May 2015 and we’ll be looking at it live in London next week at Disrupt. It’s a cute, clever little project and could be a good first computer or education machine for those looking for something inexpensive, powerful, and unique.Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 14, 4:05 PM

We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices.

The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply print your own case and parts and stick your own hardware into it, but where’s the fun in that?

The kit should ship in May 2015 and we’ll be looking at it live in London next week at Disrupt. It’s a cute, clever little project and could be a good first computer or education machine for those looking for something inexpensive, powerful, and unique.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

Allison Kenney's curator insight, October 14, 5:02 PM

This tool needs to be in every middle and high school!  Our students need these resources and tools to be successful in the future.

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Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics

Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ Fox News Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics Fox News An online organization of more than 1,500 volunteers is using 3D printers to produce prosthetic hands or fingers for people around the world who need them.”
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 28, 11:07 AM

This is fantastic! 

Lars Axell's curator insight, September 29, 2:39 AM

Amazing! from 40 000 dollar to 50.

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Students: We need coding skills

Students: We need coding skills | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
"A new report reveals that 59 percent of students who do not know how to code would like to learn, while just 23 percent of students actually know how to code."
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Ailish Irvine's curator insight, September 28, 10:30 AM

When we have jobs that we can't fill in Ireland due to lack of skills it seems nonsensical not to make the connection

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Robotics and Computing Help Make Sense of Math

Robotics and Computing Help Make Sense of Math | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
"Students sometimes fail algebra multiple times, don't understand why they have to learn it and see no way to comprehend it. But with the help of robotics and computing, they're rising to the top of the class."
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3D Printed Mac Made w/ Raspberry Pi - 3D Printing Industry

Adafruit's Mini Mac Pi tutorial guides learners through the construction of a miniature Macintosh Classic computer with a Raspberry Pi and a 3D printed case.

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Students Teach About Redstone Wiring in Minecraft

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Students Teach About Redstone Wiring in Minecraft | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
"Today at the Create, Make and Learn Institute in Burlington, Vermont, my 10 year old daughter (Rachel) and 16 year old son (Alex) shared some techniques with teachers about using redstone wiring in Minecraft to do some cool things. Kevin Jarrett led the session, which was an introduction to Minecraft for teachers. His Google Doc of Minecraft intro resources is fantastic."
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These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding-Educational Technology & Mobile Learning http://t.co/JbGkt4HHPN via @medkh9 @UCalgaryEduc
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7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School - Fractus Learning

7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School - Fractus Learning | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ If you are inspired to start a Coding Club at your school this seven step guide will help turn that inspiration into action and reality.”
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El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, July 10, 10:16 AM

We had a group of kids that loved working on Scratch last year so I would like to try and expand on that in our Makerspace.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 10, 10:40 AM

Anyone interested in a coding club?

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 10, 4:34 PM

I need to start one of these!

 

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Getting to Know the Makerspace Movement in Education

Getting to Know the Makerspace Movement in Education | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“The Makerspace Movement is Making Waves in Classrooms Everywhere. So What's it all About? I've been increasingly interested in learning more about the”
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Raspberry Pi meets 1942 Crosley Radio #piday #raspberrypi ...

Raspberry Pi meets 1942 Crosley Radio #piday #raspberrypi ... | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
Raspberry Pi meets 1942 Crosley Radio #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi. NewImage · Andy Felong posted his great project up on his blog. It came out really nice looking! A while back, I saw a picture online of a restored ...
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MakerBot Unleashes PrintShop iOS App for 3D Designing - PCMag

MakerBot Unleashes PrintShop iOS App for 3D Designing - PCMag | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
"MakerBot has officially launched its MakerBot PrintShop app, a free iOS-only tool that's designed to assist those of you looking to 3D print your own little trinkets and doodads. That is, of course, assuming that you have one of the company's somewhat-pricey 3D printers. If not, a virtual designer will you forever be."
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PiFox: bare-metal ARM assembly language Star Fox

PiFox: bare-metal ARM assembly language Star Fox | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“Here’s something rather special, which should resonate with those of you over a certain age.”
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DIY Kits: Make Gadgets Archives - Technology Will Save Us

DIY Kits: Make Gadgets Archives - Technology Will Save Us | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“Make, Play, Learn and Invent with technology using our kits. From gardening to gaming, from music to sports, pick the kit that’s right for you.”
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3D printing company brings 3D printed robots to schools

3D printing company brings 3D printed robots to schools | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“A London-based 3D printing company is working to integrate 3D printing robots together with educational institutions.”
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 13, 7:49 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Inside3DP.

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A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula.”
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msayrach's curator insight, September 28, 7:33 AM

Una gran eina per ensenyar als alumnes codificació. També executable al navegador de l'ipad

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 29, 11:51 AM

This looks interesting. Students can learn using this coding course, step by step.

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How to build a People Counter with Raspberry Pi and Ubidots

How to build a People Counter with Raspberry Pi and Ubidots | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“In this simple project we'll use a motion sensor to detect if an object is passing in front of our Raspberry Pi. Then we'll count how many times that ...”
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Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report

Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"It’s a grounding in computational thinking — not a facility with the latest feature or product — that fosters future success in the field, whether students go on to become engineers or inventors or entrepreneurs.

That’s a powerful rationale for teaching computational thinking to our young people. But there’s a problem. In conventional computer science instruction, these principles are only accessible to those who learn how to program. This poses a big hurdle, especially for younger students. Enter Computer Science Unplugged, which has been developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand over the past two decades.


"Professors Tim BellMike Fellows and Ian H. Witten, have figured out how to teach the concepts of computer science through games, puzzles and magic tricks. Taking the computer out of the picture — for the time being — allows children as young as five to learn about the basic ideas that undergird computer science. Youngsters can tackle topics as apparently abstruse as algorithms, binary numbers, Boolean circuits, and cryptographic protocols. The activities offered by Computer Science Unplugged are aimed at students in kindergarten through seventh grade, though they have been used by students in high school and even college."



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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 30, 1:06 AM

These are valuable , valuable lessons.

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Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom

Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ Minecraft and other games offer surprising strategies for teaching core concepts.”
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 17, 1:53 PM

Three great examples of games that can make an impact on student learning. 

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3D Printing in the Classroom is Elementary

3D Printing in the Classroom is Elementary | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ Since my school year finished at the end of June, I’ve been reflecting on my first year using a 3D printing with 4th and 5th grade students.”
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Linda Jones's curator insight, July 18, 8:36 AM

Excellent advice if you want to start 3 D printing.

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Raspiado Raspberry Pi USB Hub Launches On Kickstarter (video) - Geeky gadgets

Raspiado Raspberry Pi USB Hub Launches On Kickstarter (video) - Geeky gadgets | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
Geeky gadgets Raspiado Raspberry Pi USB Hub Launches On Kickstarter (video) Geeky gadgets Raspberry Pi users that need to connect a number of USB devices to their mini PC system might be interested in the new Raspiado USB hub which has been...
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Build a Raspberry Pi Remote Servo Cam You Can Control from ...

Build a Raspberry Pi Remote Servo Cam You Can Control from ... | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
The Raspberry Pi already makes a pretty great computer for a webcam, but if you want to actually control what that Pi is looking at, you'll need actual movement. Make has a guide to make the Pi control a camera with ...
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Rudolf Kabutz's curator insight, June 30, 6:23 AM

You could be using a Raspberry Pi as the heart of a little robot. Here are some tips.

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Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi Photography Award

Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi Photography Award | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
Our good friends across the pond at Adafruit are running their first ever Raspberry Pi Photography Award – and I’ve been roped into helping judge this year’s entries.Lady Ada and PT say:Anyone, worldwide, with a Raspberry Pi and camera can enter.
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Zorays Khalid's curator insight, June 29, 11:32 PM

Complaining that you never get a chance to win exciting prizes, your shot is around the corner. Now with the help of your RasbPi and a ported camera you can enter into Raspberry Pi Photography contest and win exuberant prizes.

 

For more info: Hit the link.

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Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps - ISTE Connects Blog

Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps - ISTE Connects Blog | Computer Science in Middle and High Schools | Scoop.it
“ Makerspaces can be elaborate learning spaces equipped with sophisticated tools and supplies, but they don’t have to be.”
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Tackk's curator insight, July 1, 1:57 PM

“Kids are saying they want to learn more about technology and science, but they also want to experience it creatively and use it personally,”


Some of our team traveled to ISTE this weekend. We loved listening to innovative and creative speeches like this.

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