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Tinkering and STEM in a Collaborative, Creative Classroom, a project from Mrs. Klingner

Tinkering and STEM in a Collaborative, Creative Classroom, a project from Mrs. Klingner | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
My students need activities such as Dash and Dot, Ozobots, LittleBits, an ant farm, a root viewing system, and rock identification kit to give them outlets to boost their creativity and problem solving skills while learning. If you were in elementary school in the past six decades, you probably sat hard chairs, worked at desks, mostly in isolation, and completed worksheet after worksheet of skill practice. This i

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 15, 7:11 PM

I love this thinking 

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8 Must-Try Coding Websites & Apps for Students - Class Tech Tips

8 Must-Try Coding Websites & Apps for Students - Class Tech Tips | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Coding websites and apps place valuable resources in the hands of students. With mobile and web-browser based tools, students of all ages can explore computer science. As you think about your goals for the school year, how can you incorporate coding into your instruction? Maybe you’ve decided to carve out a part of the school day or school week for coding. Perhaps you’re starting an after school program.

If you are ready to bring coding into your classroom these coding websites and apps are worth checking out. On this list you’ll find a wide range of tools. Some are perfect for younger students and others will work best in classrooms where teachers have lots of experience with computer science.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 11:26 AM
Help your students get started with coding with one of these websites or apps. 
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10 Best Make Your Own Robot Kits for Kids

10 Best Make Your Own Robot Kits for Kids | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Being able to create your own robot gives students and kids a great sense of achievement, with the added bonus of allowing children to develop patience, imagination and problems solving skills. There are a number of impressive kids robotics kits on the market that even parents will enjoy playing with. Plus, these types of projects provide valuable bonding time for kids and parents as it’s a toy that both can really relish. In classrooms, robotics are perfect for teaching coding to kids, there are many programmable robot kits that use a simple drag and drop programing language based on Scratch. Making your own robot is also a creative a process, where kids and students utilize their design skills to come up with interesting robot designs. The 10 best make your own robot kits for kids on the market are listed below.

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Light Painting with Sphero 

Light Painting with Sphero  | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Learn how to use long exposure photography to take pictures that capture an image over time. Then use Sphero to draw with light.

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Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make

Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it

"You know what STEM is right? Science, technology, engineering and math. These are skills that kids really need to have a nice handle on- both boys and girls. We incorporate STEM into our homeschooling as much as possible.


Let me show you how we took the parts from an old broken toy and turned it into a motorized coloring machine. My kids call this coloring of the future!"


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Larry Heuser's curator insight, September 2, 11:54 AM

Homeschooler Alert!!

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Teachers Are Starting to Use Snapchat. Should You? - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher

Teachers Are Starting to Use Snapchat. Should You? - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
If you're a middle or high school teacher, chances are your students are on Snapchat. Should you be too? 

Many teachers are understandably skeptical. Isn't Snapchat used for sexting, or at least for silly filters and selfies? What educational value could it possibly have?

A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. After all, Snapchat's user base is growing and becoming more engaged. And according to the company, almost a quarter of Snapchat's monthly U.S. users is 13- to 17-year-olds (the largest chunk of the company's user base is 18- to 24-year-olds, at 37 percent). 

Still, despite the opportunity to reach students where they undoubtedly are, many teachers remain wary. How engaging can a 10-second snap be?

We'll look at some of the ways teachers use Snapchat for instruction.  

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Thats stunning...
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Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I cre…

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Apple just launched 'the absolute best way to teach everyone to code'

Apple just launched 'the absolute best way to teach everyone to code' | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Apple has big plans for Swift, the wildly popular programming language it first introduced in 2014.

Swift is already a smash hit: Over 100,000 apps have started using Swift to build at least some of their code, including Twitter, Uber, and Lyft, not least because Apple purpose-built it to be easy to learn.

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EdTech Tutorial: How To Use The App ‘Cargobot’ To Teach Programming

EdTech Tutorial: How To Use The App ‘Cargobot’ To Teach Programming | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Cargobot is a free App (on the Appstore) which is excellent for learning how to program. It starts of with tutorials, then simple tasks and moves on to more complex algorithms.

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9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech 

9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech  | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 25, 8:39 AM
If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

Heraclio Muñoz Cruz's curator insight, May 26, 9:10 AM
9 mejores kits de circuitos electrónicos
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Ugears Are The Wooden Alternative To Legos. And They're Awesome.

Ugears Are The Wooden Alternative To Legos. And They're Awesome. | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
These wooden contraptions require no electricity and each kit can be assembled without glue.

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Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 20, 12:57 PM
Great tool for creating 3D printing projects. 
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The Future Belongs to the Makers – John Spencer

The Future Belongs to the Makers – John Spencer | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
When you hear the word “create” or “make,” you might be tempted to think of a tangible, physical product. However, in design thinking, students might design other types of products. So here are some of the types of things students might create.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 15, 10:30 AM
Students learn so much more when they create. 
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Learning to take what you know and create new knowledge is what students must know for this century
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TI's educational coding tool plugs into your calculator

TI's educational coding tool plugs into your calculator | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Despite all the phones and tablets out there, Texas Instruments' graphing calculators continue to survive. The company's latest classroom tool even turns the

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 13, 6:58 PM

Thanks to Dr. Susan Bainbridge.

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Organizing Your Thoughts With Note-Taking Apps

Organizing Your Thoughts With Note-Taking Apps | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
MANY of us use our phones to jot down notes, whether we’re in a class, at an interview or trying to remember a shopping list. And many apps are available to help.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 8, 7:02 PM

Still trying to completely lose the pen-and-paper habit. ;)

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, September 9, 2:52 AM
handy tool
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Several good choices. 
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Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning - Edutopia #makered

Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning - Edutopia #makered | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
By assigning students a one-minute, social-media-friendly video reflecting on their makerspace experience, you encourage them to bring their learning into the world where they live.

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Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers

Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
According to Ayah Bdeir, technology is the language of our time. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of littleBits likes to compare the engineers of today to the clergy of the Middle Ages, who controlled access to knowledge and power via their monopoly over the use and understanding of the written word. Today’s engineers have a…

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5 female coders who changed the world

5 female coders who changed the world | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it

"Computer programming is a field dominated by men, right?

Well, in terms of sheer numbers that’s true. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 73% of US computer science workers are male coders. Across technology generally, women are underrepresented."


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An Interesting Infographic Featuring 12 Good Chrome Extensions for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An Interesting Infographic Featuring 12 Good Chrome Extensions for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it

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Xavier Mas's curator insight, June 22, 2:28 AM
...o 12 aplicacions que tot bon Chromebook user hauria de conèixer ;)
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Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox

Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 6, 5:58 AM

Showbox is a new web app (in Beta stage) for creating videos. You will need a Chrome browser to use it.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 7:39 AM
This is an excellent resource for your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

Today, our library makerspace has developed into a 21st century learning laboratory, with funding from grants and through the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our DonorsChoose projects. But it wasn’t always this way.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, May 25, 9:20 AM
Let's make it in TK.
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Interview with FormBox Creator Benjamin Redford | All3DP

Interview with FormBox Creator Benjamin Redford | All3DP | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
For makers and small businesses everywhere, the FormBox desktop vacuum former could be a remarkable piece of machinery. ALL3DP spoke with one of the team to learn more about the product and the campaign.

According to his bio, Benjamin Redford is no stranger to Kickstarter campaigns and knew what he was doing when it came to launching the FormBox. But he still wasn’t expecting quite such a huge response. He said: “It’s gone wild which has been great.”

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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements. 

Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student participants at Google's I/O Youth event were able to get an early look at the new tools.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 19, 1:54 AM
Good new !
Norton Gusky's curator insight, May 19, 7:40 AM
The next step in block-based programming bringing together MIT's Scratch and Google's Blockly.
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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices - Edutopia

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices - Edutopia | Middle School Computer Science | Scoop.it

"Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets."

 


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 6, 2014 4:43 AM

Using mobile devices in the classroom

Carmen Herrero's curator insight, May 14, 4:12 AM
#film #literacy @filta_communtiy
elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 16, 4:38 AM
Excellent for student who's teacher is smart enough to ask them to produce their own videos