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# Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE '14 - Edutopia

Digital resource curator Ashley Cronin shares her takeaways from Hack Education at ISTE 2014, including a list of resources for teaching coding and coding concepts in the classroom.

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# Differentiation Strategies

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## Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi

I regularly use my Nexus 7 or my Android smartphone (was Galaxy S2, now Nexus 5) to help me with my Raspberry Pi activities. Here is a 'top ten' roundup of my favourite Android apps that I use with...

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## “Rice above the statistics”: using grains of rice for data visualisation

Statistics are a particularly useful source of evidence to help students form opinions and illustrate their arguments, but can too easily become meaningless numbers lacking in persuasive force (as Stalin infamously put it “One death is a tragedy. A million is merely a statistic”). An effective way to combat this is by challenging students to “guess the statistic” in advance of being given the data to generate an element of surprise or even shock when they are presented with the correct numbers. However, to impress these statistics more effectively upon the memory, it is worth getting students to then present them in a visually engaging way. Histograms and pie charts are a classic way of doing this, but an even better way is to use grains of rice to create physical representations of the statistics. Here is a fantastic exposition by the artists of Stan’s Cafe:

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## Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity via Matt Miller

Want to add deep, critical thinking, engaging visuals and a little fun? Try using Caption This! activities using Google Drawings and/or Slides!

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This is definitely COOL! AND it uses @Bitmoji !!

Thanks @jmattmiller!

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## Video lessons creation tool

If you're new here, it's best to browse the video quizzes in our library and see what an interactive video quiz is (it's simple: questions popping up during the video).

If you like them, you can make your own quiz from any Youtube or Vimeo video here on iSLCollective (Click here or on the Upload menu). It takes 5 minutes to learn to use the quiz maker, and about 0.5-1 hour to finish a quiz.

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Huge collection of video quizzes with a variety of question types and a variety of presentation styles. Well organised according to level, focus, etc. An excellent resource.
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Utilissimo strumento per creare video interattivi
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something that clergy need to know
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## Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years -- Campus Technology

Faculty in our 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey believe tech will play a positive role in the future of higher education — but some technologies will be more important than others.

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## The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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This is so great!
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## Project-Based Learning Research Review

Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results.

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## 53 ways to check for understanding via Edutopia - Assessment for Learning

Infographic by Edutopia featuring 53 ways to check for understanding ... beyond pen/pencil written tests

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## 5 Ways to Use the Raspberry Pi Camera Module for Time-Lapse Photography

When paired with the popular camera module and portable battery, the Raspberry Pi can be used as a surreptitious camera. With this in mind, I recently captured five stunning time lapse videos.

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## Build your own matchbox sized DIY timelapse spy camera for only \$30

I’ve been a huge fan of the Arduino for quite a few years now. It allows me control cameras and lights in ways that would be otherwise impossible. As an open source project based on the Atmel…

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## Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites.  Based on the responses to that Padlet, we noticed an important shift in Maker Education.  Once driven by STEM and makerspace in a box types of kits, we are seeing much more of an emphasis on open-ended exploration and stocking makerspaces with materials that foster that. We strongly believe that makerspaces should be unique learning environments that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all.  Our list for 2016 reflects that same philosophy.

With so many amazing makerspace products now flooding the market, it was an incredibly difficult task to narrow our favorites down to just 10. All of the items on our list are aligned to the Worlds of Making ‘MAKER’ Framework, which serves as a guide for choosing the right products for your makerspace.

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It's kind of ironic that our "favourite" Makerspace "ingredients" are mass manufactured products. It kind of flies in the face of what Makerspaces really should be.
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## What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News)

"In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.”

In that article and in many other articles, there is another term that appears often: “Computational thinking.” Well, what is Computational Thinking (CT), and how does it differ from Coding and Computer Science—especially when it comes to classroom practice and instruction?""

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## Let's 'Make:' Another Humble Bundle! - GeekDad

Looking through the catalogue of Make: books, I used to go like “Oh, that looks interesting, I want that … Huh, that book about Raspberry Pi would also be cool… Hey, making robots, I should order that and try it out…” Thanks to Humble Bundle, now I actually go through the books’ contents, reading up on all the fascinating project ideas.

The other day, I told you about the “Tinker Birthday Party“, where we built a small alarm system, inspired from Make: Fun, which I had purchased through Make:‘s first Humble Bundle from a few months ago. Now Make: is back with Humble Bundle, with another batch of great books.

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## Tools to Help Students Follow Their Passions

With a little help from technology, a young filmmaker, musician, writer, or artist can pursue their work like a pro.

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## 8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge by Barbara Blackburn

By Barbara Blackburn

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Google is well know for certain tools and services - Search, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Maps, Chrome, and such

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## STEM Tools, DIY Projects, and Toys - by Miguel Guhlin - TCEA

by Miguel Guhlin

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## From Dabbling to Doing: 6 Tools That Excite Kids About Coding - MindShift

It’s clear coding and computer science have become key priorities in K-12 education. From Code.org’s massive round of funding and the formulation of the Computer Science Coalition to President Obama’s Computer Science For All initiative to big school districts, like the San Francisco Unified School District, building K-12 computer science curriculum – there’s indications that this is more than a passing fad.

Many educators are excited about the opportunities coding and computer science offer students, but with these new curricular priorities come the major practical, pedagogical challenges of building a scope and sequence and then transforming it into units and lessons (not to mention, you know, teaching). Given the problems computer science has had meeting the needs of all students — especially early on — there’s some tough challenges ahead for school leaders and educators to make sure computer science for all doesn’t fall flat.

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## Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Assessment Rubrics in #MakerEd.  Edutopia article.

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Awesome'

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good idea for a authentic assessment rubric
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## SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle

Far more complex couplings between SAMR and Bloom are possible, involving convergent/divergent branchings, oscillations between levels, skipping of some SAMR levels, etc. Nonetheless, the simple structure described above is well suited to beginning practitioners’ needs, and even retains usefulness for more experienced faculty.

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Combinaison intéressante des deux modèles. Sans doute une aide pour les formateurs en transition digitale.

Nik Peachey's insight: An interesting combination of two models for understanding task development.
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## Most people are secretly threatened by creativity

The problem begins with education. We know that teachers say creativity is important. But research shows that many teachers define creativity as a skill that’s mainly associated with the arts—thereby downplaying the essential role that creativity plays in everything from math and science to argumentative writing and sports. Furthermore, teachers routinely label creative students as “disruptive,” treating outside-the-box thinking not as a strength but as a problem to be dealt with.

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## Messy Makerspace- Cleaning up the Project “In Progress” Shelf - @GravesColleen

Early in February, I decided it was time to tackle the messiest area of our makerspace. Nope, it’s not our maker supply storage, thanks to Leslie Terronez, we cleaned that up last year. It’s not our littleBits cabinet (although, yes, it needs frequent re-organization.) It’s a little old area, I’ve been tinkering with since 2015…..

…..the maker “In-progress”project shelf.

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## 4 Ways to Teach With Play via @coolcatteacher

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

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## #LEGO #Challenge #Calendar Free Printable for Kids

" A free Printable LEGO challenge calendar to use anytime during the year. Print it out, hang it up, give it to your kids. Feel inspired and taking your LEGO building time in a new direction. I have written out 31 Days of fun LEGO ideas using the bricks you have  and hopefully thinking of new ways to use some of those specialty pieces that don’t see much action. We love kid’s LEGO activities!"

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## The 4Cs Are About to Become the 5Ms of the 22nd Century | krissy venosdale

"The pendulum in education swings.  The 4C’s seem to be where it’s at right now… creativity, collaboration, connection, and communication.  Getting kids to connect and create is important.

But what are we missing when we KEEP talking about 21st century learning? The 4M’s.  I think it’s where we are heading.  No, I hope it’s where we are heading.

Meaningful, mindful, moments, and making."

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## Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.

“I have no money.”
“I’m just not super comfortable with technology.”
“We don’t have devices at my school.”
“I don’t have the space.”
“I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.”

I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”

My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!

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