"There are many benefits to teaching young people to code. As a musician starts learning a piece of music, the process can be daunting. Musicians, however, naturally start breaking the song into parts. By slowly mastering small phrases, scales, chords, and patterns, the song slowly emerges from the student. The discipline of decomposition and persistence shows up in computer programming too."
"Some call it the new Pinterest for educators, Educlipper is really a great and promising website where teachers get to curate and organize digital content. Educlipper has been designed specifically for educators and by an educator ( Adam Bellow: founder ). The process of setting up your Educlipper account is pretty easy and can be done in a few clicks and once logged in you can instantly start adding content ."
"According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code.
In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don't need this skill because they'll all go into it as a career -- that isn't realistic -- but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here's how you can start."
"The Elements in Action takes a visual look at the periodic table, bringing the metals and gasses to life with engaging videos. It's an interesting look at the elements from BAFTA award winner Max Whitby and Theodore Gray, author of the popular book and app The Elements. The content is top-notch, taken from footage originally available only at museums."
"TED Books is an iPad app that provides TED fans with short electronic books produced once a month by TED conferences. The books are less than 20.000 words long "long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.""
"Well, here it is my favorite and most popular post of the year, my Top 100 Sites/Apps of the year!!! Continuing w/ the trend from last year, readers are going to find more and more apps on the list and less sites, as the flux in mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own devices) continues to rise. Also, you'll notice that there are a lot of learning tools for Digital Storytelling & Math. I believe the reason for this is because storytelling is a learning tool that can be used by a wide range of educators for any subject, and Math is a very popular subject w/ lots of diverse ways to go about teaching it. W/ that I hope you enjoy this list and as always thanks again for reading!!!"
Yes the Hour of Code is coming next week and just in case you're looking for resources for next week and beyond you can check out the collection of "coding" posts on iPads in Education in recent weeks.
"Below is a wonderful rubric to help you select mobile apps to use with your students. I am adding this resource to the section I have created here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning under the label " Teacher App Rubrics ". I come across this rubric from Cybraryman app page but the rubric was created by elearning skills."
"Only a minority of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strongly favors proceeding with the $1 billion iPad program.
In an effort to determine how the iPad rollout is going and how to improve it, a Board of Education member and employees union conducted surveys of teachers and administrators, the Los Angeles Times reported. Their anonymous responses: Just 36 percent of teachers strongly favored continuing the effort, while 90 percent of administrators felt the same."
"I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think." - Steve Jobs
"The above quote is on the homepage of the coding website Tynker. Coding, formerly known as programming (I still remember teaching myself BASIC on my Commodore 64 back in the '80s!), has once again returned to classrooms nationwide. A range of high-profile individuals, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Dr. Oz and Ashton Kutcher, among others, have lent their support to Code.org, a non-profit that advocates a return to coding in the classroom."
"Using the iPad for collaborative learning isn’t the most seamless thing in the world. For one, you have to define what you mean by collaborative learning, and here we can loosely define it was “a kind of learning where collaboration is an integral part of the learning process.”
This means not just publishing ideas, but publishing them in ways where writers can receive feedback, reflect, and revise their writing or thinking."
"Wikihood for iPad is a free app that combines maps and Wikipedia entries. With the app installed and location services enabled Wikihood will determine your location then show you Wikipedia entries about places, people, and events near you."
" Rocket Science 101 is a free iPad app offered by NASA. The app is designed to help students understand how rockets work and understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their rockets. When the rockets are launched students see the timing of each stage of the launch from surface to orbit."
"In Science, my class has been investigating paper and its properties. One of these invesigations involved writing on two different types of paper and then talking about which was easier/harder to write on and why. I decided to have the kids take photos of each other and then use ChatterPix to add their voices to the photos explaining their observations. Once I had done that, I used the ChatterPix videos as overlays in Aurasma and voila! You have an Aura where a photo begins to talk when scanned. To see how to create Auras using Aurasma visit my post on Aurasma here."
A software engineer at Trip Advisor, Bill Stitson finds himself every Tuesday at the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester helping sixth-graders learn algebra by making video games. No, it’s not a pushover class.
"Starting Shakespeare Teacher Handbook is a companion for the Starting Shakespeare app. It is a comprehensive guide for teachers interested in using the app in the classroom and provides lesson guidance, extension activities, curriculum alignment and more."