SNAP is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language. It is an extended reimplementation of Scratch(a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab) that allows you to Build Your Own Blocks. It also features first class lists, first class procedures, and continuations. These added capabilities make it suitable for a serious introduction to computer science for high school or college students.
The Scratch programming environment is a computer programming language designed for 8-12 year old children to learn how to program and create multimedia applications and games with ease. Scratch is a programming environment, based upon LOGO, which allows young programmers to easily create multimedia applications and simple games (Monroy-Hernández and Resnick 2008). Block programming eliminates the frustrations of syntax errors which afflict novices learning traditional computer programming languages. The Scratch environment allows the creation and control of graphical objects, known as sprites, which move around the screen and integration of graphics or photos and sound files to create multimedia applications.
Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose their own book and their own creative assignment.
This post is about a topic and app on computer programming which is fast becoming the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. More and more countries are introducing the subject as compulsory schooling at surprisingly young ages. The UK is introducing a national school programme in september this year whilst also funding yearofcode.org to increase momentum. Code.org is pushing an international message with big-name endorsement. Even small countries like Estonia have their 5-year-olds taking their first steps into logical problem solving. A site I’ve used for years is codecademy.com
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …
How Relationships Make or Break a Low-Income Edtech Classroom EdSurge When seeking to incorporate technology with traditional teaching methods, the idea sounds optimal at first.
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Some great suggestions for teachers on how to introduce technology in any classroom. I find this article very interesting as I have been working in a low socio-economic school where 90% of the students do not have access to most typs of technology ie books, computers
All things teacher. This site offers varied tools for teaching. It is an American based site which can be easily adapted to the Australian curriculum but also offers Australian curriculum lessons and ideas.
We are the students from 4KM and 4KJ at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia. There are 54 of us and our teachers are Mrs Kathleen Morris and Miss Kelly Jordan. We use this space to share all the great things that ...
Sir Ken Robinson offers a critique of contemporary education and its origins, and argues for creative and collaborative transformation in the classroom.
The aim for education in Australia must be to create a nation where the creative talents of all the people are used to build a true enterprise economy. As a nation, we cannot rely on a small elite. We need the creativity, enterprise and scholarship of all our people.
The number of apps related to teaching various mathematics topics seems to be growing daily, and it can be a difficult to find that needle in a haystack. Here, we found five of those needles, already tested and approved.
The number of apps related to teaching various mathematics topics seems to be growing daily, and it can be a difficult to find that needle in a haystack. Here, we found five of those needles, already tested and approved. (These apps are all iOS apps, but a few of them are also available for other operating systems.)
For some, the technology rich classroom is easy to justify. Once you have made the transition and seen the benefits, it is easy to weigh them against the potential risks and worries about the problems resulting from having a room full of devices. For these “dive right in” types, the process makes a lot of sense. Give it a try and see what happens!
Tellagami is a free iPad that elementary school students will enjoy using to create narrated animations. If you have ever used Voki or GoAnimate, Tellagami will feel familiar to you. Tellagami allows your students to create customized animated scenes in a matter of minutes. To create a narrated, animated scene students simply open Tellagami and tap “create.” After opening the create menu students will see a default character and background scene. The characters can be altered by selecting from a big menu of customization options.
This site helps you to build websites, create iPhone and Android apps. there are all manner of abilities, experiences and modes of technology that children bring to school. They know how all the peripherals work and if they don't they soon learn from their peers of it's basic operation. They are expert consumers of technology as we once were. But this is the key aspect isn't it? They use technology but they don't know why or even how it really works.
"The very popular iPad app Book Creator recently received a couple of updates of note. The first update was a new look for iOS 7 users. iOS 6 users will be happy to see that even though the app has been updated, it will still work the same way on their devices. The more important update to Book Creator is the addition of support for handwriting and free-hand drawing in your books."
Book Creator allows anyone to create their own books using images, text, videos, free-hand drawings, handwriting, and audio recordings. You can arrange your book in three different formats; portrait, square, or landscape. Each page in your book can include pictures and videos from your iPad’s camera roll and or from your iTunes library. In addition to the pictures and videos you can include as much as text as you can fit on each page. In fact, if you just want to have text on a page you can do that. If you would like to narrate your book you can tap the record button to add your voice to each page of your book. Every page in your book can have a custom color scheme. the only downside to this app is that it costs money!
Too often the word on the street is “my school or class has new iPads but we don’t know what to do with them.” The best part about these devices is that they get the learning into the actual hands of students- make learning “hands-on.” That is NOT a new concept. Dewey, Montessori, David Kolb knew this long before the digital age- constructivism is one of the most effective ways to learn anything.
Share My Lesson is one of the largest online community of educators, which was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TSL Education. It's kind of like the Yelp of teacher lesson plans,...
Designed by teachers, for teachers, Share My Lesson includes more than 250,000 resources, and that number is growing rapidly as more educators get involved and add to the collection.
Share My Lesson is a digital platform developed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its British partner, TES Connect. The free SML online community, educators can come together to access and share high-quality teaching resources.
The TES Australia Information Centre for the Australian Curriculum provides a browse to find aligned curricula and lesson plans, the latest news on the national curriculum and relevant links. In addition, you can access expert advice and opinions in our Australian Curriculum Forum, where you can ask or answer questions.