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7 Sites That Make Programming For Kids Fun

7 Sites That Make Programming For Kids Fun | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
With the huge number of sites and products dedicated to programming for kids, there has never been a better time to get your class coding.
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Learn How To Code From YouTube Educator Khan Academy

Learn How To Code From YouTube Educator Khan Academy | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it

Internet education giant Khan Academy is venturing into new territory: Interactive, graphics-based online programming courses available for web and mobile. The new Khan Academy Computer Science courses, which are launching today, brings Khan Academy into direct competition with established free learn-to-code sites such as Codecademy and Programr. Khan Academy’s programming courses are aimed at absolute beginners, and teach users how to make simple drawings and artwork via code.

 

Online education giant Khan Academy is offering a fully immersive e-learning system for JavaScript and basic programming. The new Khan Academy Computer Science school teaches coding through art and picture-drawing exercises, and is a direct competitor to other popular learn-to-code organizations...


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10 Ways To Promote An Infographic | Socialable

10 Ways To Promote An Infographic | Socialable | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
Infographics are all the rage at the moment but how do you get them seen and shared? Lilach Bullock shares her top promotional tips to getting your infographic

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Thank you @lilachbullock. It always amazes me how wonderful people share so much of their knowledge these days. This is is another aspect of Education a la 21st Century. Cheers !

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:29 AM

Once again, Lilach Bullock has outdone herself! I especially like all the directories she lists in the article. 

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Using Gamification and "Rat Chow" for Learning New Skills - SiliconHills

Using Gamification and "Rat Chow" for Learning New Skills - SiliconHills | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
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When we think of gaming we tend to focus on the negative...kid sucked into a black hole that won't come out for days. But there is a brighter side to this  potentially dark world. 

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The Game Is The Thing: Game Based Learning More Than Leaderboards And Points!

The Game Is The Thing: Game Based Learning More Than Leaderboards And Points! | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
Game Based Learning – It Isn't Just Leaderboards And Points! http://t.co/Kd9ka9sDVA … #GBL #GameBasedLearning #Gamification #Innovation

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:18 AM

The Game Is The Thing
Great insight here matching my friend @RDansky's feedback. I understand the idea - the more complete the ecosystem the better the game, the more engagement.

I think there is a distinct difference between #gamification and game based learning. Gamification rides on the surface more. As marketers we want to create systems that reward behaviors we want.

We are Pavlov and Internet marketing isn't a laboratory (despite it feeling that way often). The irony of sounding like Pavlov is the real operant conditioning is happening TO US.

We become conditioned by the Stimulus - Response dance we play with our customers. I employ game mechanics NOT games in our Internet marketing.

Game mechanics are a sophisticated Google Analytics. Game mechanics create a more rapid-fire feedback loop and so clarify the "fog of war". When engagement goes up 9 times out of 10 do conversions.

briancanlas7's comment, June 7, 2013 11:36 AM
Use a combination of marketing vehicles to get your message out.
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8 Reasons Why Students Should Blog : @ProBlogger

8 Reasons Why Students Should Blog : @ProBlogger | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
This is a guest blog post by Michael White of Musings of a PR Student. Students should be worried about ...
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Blogging is beneficial for students both academically and eventually professionally. It helps them cement subject material learned in their minds due to interpretation and repetition. They get to extend their vocabulary and practice their grammar. And since writing is a marketable skill it could one help them land a job.

 

Questions: What's a good age to start blogging? What are other benefits to blogging?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Places to Search for Free Online Courses

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Places to Search for Free Online Courses | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
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Hey dad forget about college...can you just fork over the $150,000 you've so diligently saved up  for me by working half of your life so I can fund my start up???? After all, I can get a free education OnLine without getting out of my pajamas. You'll save on my wardrobe to boot !

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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it

Interview with Tom Ashbrook

 

How education is jeopardizing creativity:

 

"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."

 

“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 


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Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. He speaks about the "the dead culture" of continuous and standardized testing in our schools and how our education system is stunting our creativity.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.

 

Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

Sally McKittrick's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

Ken Morrison's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:52 PM


"If we design a life, you can redesign it"  Here is another inspiring conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

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Ajit Jaokar (AjitJaokar) on Twitter

Ajit Jaokar (AjitJaokar) on Twitter | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
The latest from Ajit Jaokar (@AjitJaokar). feynlabs(startup) - Concepts of programming languages for kids, Open systems, Open Gardens, Policybloggers, Mobile, Smart cities, also @feynlabs
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When should kids start learning how to code? Ajit Jaokar from FeynLabs has a wider scope when it comes to educating our kids for the future. His is a more comprehensive approach to Computer Science Education. Their Kickstarter project deadline is here. Check out how you can help at http://t.co/PerIpxmqfb

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5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift

5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
There are many tools out there that provide a great introduction to computer science for K-12 students, but here are a few of our favorites.

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Top 100 Influential Education Blogs | Onalytica Blog

Top 100 Influential Education Blogs | Onalytica Blog | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
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"The Onalytica Influence Index is the impact factor of a blog, or how much that blog matters.Popularity represents how popular or well-known the blog is among other education blogs."

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Treehouse launches job board for its 35K coding students

Treehouse launches job board for its 35K coding students | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
While the job board will have a mix of positions at entry and management levels, Treehouse founder Ryan Carson said it speaks to his main passion: serving the underserved and marginalized.
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High school learns to love students' tech habits

High school learns to love students' tech habits | Education a la 21st Century | Scoop.it
Schools like the public New Tech High School in Napa, California, are embracing, not fighting, teen tech use.
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I have to stop telling my daughter to get off of her computer !

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