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Empower students to learn by building mobile apps
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Activities - Computer Science Unplugged

Activities - Computer Science Unplugged | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Each Unplugged activity is available to download in PDF format, with full instructions and worksheets. Background sections explain the significance of each activity to computer science, and answers are provided for all problems. All you need for most of these activities are curiosity and enthusiasm. There are photos and videos showing some of the activities in action, and we’ve collected links to other useful resources. The activities are primarily aimed at the five to twelve year-old age group, but they are by no means restricted to this age range: we’ve used them to teach older children and adults too, with little modification.
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Learning how to thinking like a computer in order to program one is a is the first step towards coding. These fundamental components can be taught to the younger grades.                                            

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Google Computer Science for High School

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Tremendous and well-organized resource.

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Moving Beyond Code

Moving Beyond Code | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
“ Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful…
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It's important not to ecourage students to mindlessly jump onto the coding bandwagon. This article speaks in favor of coding to be sure, but it offers valuable context for the skill in the present as well as the future.

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Maker Camp

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Free Virtual Summer Camp for Teens July 8th - August 16th, 2013 Cool Projects, Epic Field Trips, & Awesome Makers Countdown to Maker Camp 2013! Sign Up For Camp Build at Home Follow along as we...
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This looks like a great experience for Teens that want to learn how to create things with technology. It looks like programming will be part of the camp.

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Deploy private Android Apps on Google Play | TechRepublic

Deploy private Android Apps on Google Play | TechRepublic | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Google has recently made it possible for Google Apps (Business/Education/Government) organizations to publish their own Android applications privately to a dedicated company-owned channel on Google Play.
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I like the idea of a private app channel. If it were public it could serve as a portfolio for a young programmer.

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Yes, Virginia, Regular Folks Can Be Taught to Code | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Yes, Virginia, Regular Folks Can Be Taught to Code | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Can regular people learn to code? With so many resources for learning to program, from a children's book that teaches basic computer science concepts to The Khan Academy's new interactive programming lessons, you have to ask: Is it working?
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Facebook Engineer Turns 5-Year-Olds Into Hackers

Facebook Engineer Turns 5-Year-Olds Into Hackers | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it

The book mentioned in this article is designed to get kids into computational thinking. I haven't read it yet, but looks like a good resource for teens as well as younger ones.

 

Carlos Bueno wants your 5-year-old to think like a programmer. By day, Bueno is a Facebook engineer. He helps hone software on the servers ...

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About - App Inventor for Android

About - App Inventor for Android | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it

The new App Inventor for Android is out. Tutorials are mostly the same as before. It's now under the auspices of MIT.

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Home | Apps for Good

A program based in UK that I think should be brought to the USA and other parts of the world. Great potential for real-world learning in the context of app design.

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iPhone, iPad Apps Bring in Four Times the Revenue of Android

The dilemma for educators is which platform to teach. Programming for Android and Iphone are completely different. Adroid has the advantage of having the largest number of devices in circulation. Apple iPhone development is on average more lucrative.

 

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Students design their own phone apps

Students design their own phone apps | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Rory Cellan Jones visits St Matthew Academy in south London, where students are designing their own apps.
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Introducing Tynker’s Tutorial Designer

Introducing Tynker’s Tutorial Designer | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
 

Its now easier than ever to teach programming with our new Tutorial Designer that allows anyone (even students)  to design a lesson for others to follow.  Just start with a project youve a
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I have not tried this, but loooks like a well-designed tool for younger set.

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3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning

3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Coding isn't just for computer science any more. Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement. These examples illustrate how co

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 30, 2014 7:37 AM

Thanks to Kim Flintoff.

Krysta Hammond's curator insight, May 5, 2014 12:01 PM

Great way to increase engagement and learning in all subject areas.

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Kodable

Kodable | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
Learn the basics of programming by helping blueFuzz and his family navigate the Technomazes on the planet Smeeborg!
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This game takes some getting used to and it requires overcoming frustration and learning by trial and error, which are terrific lessons. It's also about thinking logically and planning deliberately. Worth introducing to kids of all ages.

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5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift

5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift | Apps Creation in Education | 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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Krysta Hammond's curator insight, May 31, 2013 11:00 AM

Great links! We've been working with Scratch, and now we have more to choose from and play around with, thank you! My teachers are asking for more, so this is great to pass on.

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Why coding is hot in high school

High school students are learning to code to gain an edge in the job market.
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This mainstream news story makes the connection between Code Academy and it's potential to help High Scool teachers and students learn skills and gain interest in programming. 

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Codecademy Founder: Why Everyone Should Learn Programming | Business | TIME.com

Codecademy Founder: Why Everyone Should Learn Programming | Business | TIME.com | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it

The author here makes a passionate plea to get more young people into the programming field. It's hard to argue with anything said here.

 

"My problem learning programming is a problem faced by millions around the world, and Ryan and I realized that we could solve a more pressing need: the lack of great education for our future software developers and technology founders."

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App Inventor and Computational Thinking

App Inventor can be the tool that gets students into the realm of computational thinking.

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MCS Student Creates iPhone App | My Fox Memphis | Fox 13 News

MCS Student Creates iPhone App | My Fox Memphis | Fox 13 News | Apps Creation in Education | Scoop.it
A Memphis City Schools student makes an iPhone application that could help thousands of MCS parents and students.
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Python Introduction - Google's Python Class - Google Code

Google has made learning to program on its platform incredibly easy. These tutorials on Python are for those somewhat comfortable with code.

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A New Generation Of App Developers : NPR

This story from NPR is what inspired me to learn a little about App development and start encouraging students to pursue visual programming for Android.

 

"Plenty of folks dream about creating the next mobile application smash hit."

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