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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language.
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Back in the last century I taught LOGO and BASIC. Learning how to code -- is it an essential literacy?

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ISTE 2016: ED TECH 10 Hot Topics

ISTE 2016: ED TECH 10 Hot Topics | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
What’s hot in ed tech? Surprisingly – or not surprisingly, depending on your point of view – the most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. And that’s a good thing.
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ISTE 2016, as always - will be a hot spot for anyone involved in teaching and learning!

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Seymour Papert's Mindstorms: Relevant, Thoughtful, an Essential Read for Educators

Seymour Papert's Mindstorms: Relevant, Thoughtful, an Essential Read for Educators | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas by Seymour Papert is a brilliant book. It’s as relevant today as it was when first published in 1980. Its applications to learning and teaching in...
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Reading this book as a young man changed my life as a teacher.  I took to Papert's ideas and was soon teaching LOGO to 5th graders. Later I started a summer time school for kids in a storefront at Lake Tahoe.  Great memories.


Papert's work is every bit as fresh now as it was in the 1980's.  Check him out! 

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jm gif's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:13 AM

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Margaret McKanna's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:30 PM

I am fascinated by Papert's perception of educators as anthropologists, "using dynamic cultural trends as a medium to carry educational interventions." How then will the face of education change within global communities? This intriguing book review, originally scooped by Dennis O'Connor, prompted me to order my own copy. I think the early insights expressed by Papert continue to shine light on teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Andrew Kedas's curator insight, July 6, 2015 11:31 PM

I'm working on a few books at the moment, but this one seems like it would be worth looking into!

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Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement

Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Ask kids what Facebook is for, and they'll tell you it's there to help them make friends. And, on the surface anyway, that's what it looks like.


Digital World Ownership
As I see it, code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world. When we acquired language, we didn't just learn how to listen, but also how to speak. When we acquired text, we didn't just learn how to read, but also how to write. Now that we have computers, we are learning to use them but not how to program them. When we are not code literate, we must accept the devices and software we use with whatever limitations and agendas their creators have built into them.

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Learn Web Design, Web Development & More | Treehouse

Learn Web Design, Web Development & More | Treehouse | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Treehouse is the fastest, easiest way to learn to code, make apps, and start a business. Tutorials in CSS, HTML, Ruby, JavaScript, iOS, and more.


Watch videos. Take quizzes.
Over 600 high quality training videos. Test your knowledge through quizzes and code challenges


Unlock your potential
Build the skills to land you your dream job, that promotion or build an app and launch your own startup.

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Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life | FixTheGap

Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life | FixTheGap | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Root is on a mission to get more kids (and adults) coding. Root is a fun, easy-to-use robot which teaches coding to anyone ages 4 to 99. Root has over 50 sensors and actuators with which it can draw, erase, play music, explore its world, and even defy gravity by using magnetism to drive on wall mounted whiteboards — making coding activities applicable to a range of topics, social, and way more cool. Root grows coding experience with people in a familiar and consistent platform — offering years of learning opportunities rather than days. As coding skills improve, kids advance from programming with a blocks-based graphical interface (a child can use it even before they know how to read) to programming with fully text-based languages like Swift, JavaScript, and Python.
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I read Seymour Papert's Mindstorms when I was a young teacher.  I taught Turtle geometry and Logo programming to 10 year olds and built Lego robots with 8th graders back in the 80's. It changed my life. Learning to code with a robot has been a long time coming.  Root looks like the real deal to me

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Root Coding Robots would be a great addition to any maker space oriented library. I read Seymour Papert's Mindstorms when I was a young teacher.  I taught Turtle geometry and Logo programming to 10 year olds and built Lego robots with 8th graders back in the 80's. It changed my life. Learning to code with a robot has been a long time coming.  Root looks like the real deal to me

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Google Education: Computer Science First

Google Education: Computer Science First | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.


Our materials:

are completely free and available online
are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
involve block-based coding using Scratch

are themed to attract students of varied interests

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Here's an after-school package all wrapped and ready to go. (Does anyone recall teaching basic and logo after school back before the turn of the century? 8-)
About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online.
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eLearning Guild Research: Do I Need to Know about HTML5? by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine

eLearning Guild Research: Do I Need to Know about HTML5? by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

One of the undisputed facts about working in the eLearning field is that there’s a lot to learn, and what there is to learn changes constantly.

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Learn Code, Get Hired: Treehouse Offers Free Courses To Another 5,000 College Students | TechCrunch

Learn Code, Get Hired: Treehouse Offers Free Courses To Another 5,000 College Students | TechCrunch | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
QLast November, Treehouse revealed its ambitious goal to teach anyone and everyone to write code and design for the Web, iOS and Android. Combining the best of Lynda.com and Codecademy, Team Treehouse uses quality video, some lite testing, gamification and project-based learning to teach you to code, even if you’re the world’s biggest Luddite.


Quick to grow its user base and revenues, last month Treehouse decided to give back to its community by doling out $3 million-worth of free tech education to 2,500 college students.

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Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy

Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Everyone ought to be able to read and write; few people within the global mainstream would argue with that statement. But should everyone be able to program computers?

 

Ah... What's old is new again.  When I started with Ed-Tech (way back before the turn of the century) I taught Logo as an instroductor computer language.  Pascal and Basic were also very commonly taught in school.  I like the symbolic manipulation of logo in particular.  Honestly,  I never really grasped geometry until I started teacing kids how to drive that turtle! ~ Dennis O'Connor 


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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.