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Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing

Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn and support from Google have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around puzzles that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in the classroom, suitable for all ages.

Do the puzzles and  develop computational thinking skills as well as learn about some core computing topics.
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 19, 10:19 AM
Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
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Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling

Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you like graphic novels or comic books? Are you interested in learning to code? If you answered, yes, then you'll love Dystopia 2153! This brand new, three-episode series teaches kids the basics of coding through a digital graphic novel. It connects 21st Century skills with the love of reading. Use code to solve puzzles that help the characters overcome obstacles and escape their dystopian world.
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Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, November 9, 8:26 AM
A more interesting and memorable way to learn coding
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LEGO Computer Coding STEM Activities for Kids

LEGO Computer Coding STEM Activities for Kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computer coding with LEGO® is a great introduction to the world of coding using a favorite building toy. Yes, you can teach young kids about computer coding, especially if they are highly interested in computers and how they work. My son was astounded to hear that a person actually wrote/designed the Minecraft game. We even had to use the iPad to look up more about this guy. With the realization that my son could very well make his own game someday, he was pretty interested to learn more about computer coding.
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Review | Coding iPhone Apps for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Swift

Review | Coding iPhone Apps for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Swift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
By Michelle Berkeley and Mary Ryerse - For students with an interest in coding, an instructional, user-friendly book like this is a great way to start.

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Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards

Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Best in Public Service & Activism 2017
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Coding, it’s a girl thing. How Emma Koslow became a girl who codes

Coding, it’s a girl thing. How Emma Koslow became a girl who codes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
i! My name is Emma Koslow and I am an eleventh grader at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey. I wanted to share my story in hope that it will inspire others in pursuing their interests. My computing days started years ago when I was in kindergarten. During that time I fell in love with working with computers and began to develop a curiosity towards how they worked. I wanted to know what websites were made and how to build a computer.
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Girls Who Code Books - girlswhocode

Girls Who Code Books - girlswhocode | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Our New York Times Best Sellers, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World and The Friendship Code are out now!

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Turn coders into computational thinkers - ISTE

Turn coders into computational thinkers - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computer science is more than just coding. Thinking like a computer scientist involves being creative and thinking collaboratively about a problem in order to solve it.
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10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Brian is an elementary teacher in Ontario, Canada. When not teaching, coaching or blogging he is an active web developer.
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18 edtech developments set to impact schools

18 edtech developments set to impact schools | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report.

The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry.

Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

In addition to coding and STEAM, the four other trends set to impact K-12 teaching and learning include a growing focus on measuring learning, redesigning learning spaces (both driving technology adoption for the next 3-5 years), along with advancing cultures of innovation and deeper learning approaching (driving technology adoption for 5 or more years).

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Coding – AMDSB EdTech Learning Community

Coding – AMDSB EdTech Learning Community | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Code is the language that a computer understands. Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer to do what you want it to do. This begins with breaking a task down into logically sequenced step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Coding allows users to investigate, problem solve, explore and communicate through discovery, and it is a way to express ideas creatively.
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Get Started with Coding in the Classroom - Common Sense 

Get Started with Coding in the Classroom - Common Sense  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learning to code in school is more popular than ever, and it's never been easier for teachers to get started. What's more, coding can teach students skills that apply across the curriculum, beyond computer science. So, what's the best way to get kids coding in the classroom? Here you'll find practical tips on how to set up learn-to-code lessons that empower students to become producers, not just consumers, of digital media.
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The 2 stages of successful early STEM education - eSchool News

The 2 stages of successful early STEM education - eSchool News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
With the ever-changing best practices and new technology in education, I always try to update and adjust my own learning. I’m a lifelong learner and I believe my students should be as well.

That’s why our school gradually introduces STEM concepts, and coding in particular, to students as they progress through each grade level. We emphasize two learning stages to build fluid STEM integration from kindergarten to 4th grade:
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Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’

Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a few weeks, people around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding.

Today, it’s my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released a new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, that will be used in classrooms, at after-school programs, community centers and homes everywhere. The tutorial uses game elements loved by so many young people, and introduces a fun character called the Agent, to present computer science concepts in a fun and creative way. Learn more in a post today by Deirdre Quarnstrom, Minecraft Education general manager, and start planning your Hour of Code.
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In Defense of Teachers: Unfair Expectations in Making, Coding and Tech - Medium

In Defense of Teachers: Unfair Expectations in Making, Coding and Tech - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Multiple times per week, I see claims on social media that teachers "who aren’t coding are somehow causing inequities amongst students or are inefficient themselves.


It’s mind boggling to me that people can say this and even more so considering that the same statement used to be said about teachers who fail to use technology when we all know that having a teacher who puts her/his heart and soul into students trumps tech every time.



Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that kids should indeed have access to use technology just as teachers should be using it but this generic message of tech being the definer of great teaching ignores all of the systemic inequities that keep it from happening.


…just as it does with making/tinkering/coding"

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Coding Across the Curriculum - Edutopia 

Coding Across the Curriculum - Edutopia  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
What if I told you that there was a simple way to work programming into your English class? That coding and social studies could go hand-in-hand? It’s true—programming lessons aren’t just for math and science classes.

The tools below teach students about loops, conditional statements, variables, arrays, and other core coding concepts. And students can teach themselves through these coding games and programming projects, which makes it a little easier to incorporate coding into an already packed curriculum.
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10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code | Tynker Blog

10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code | Tynker Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to preparing your children for the future, there are few better ways to do so than to help them learn to code! Coding helps kids develop academic skills, build qualities like perseverance and organization, and gain valuable 21st century skills that can even translate into a career. From the Tynker blog, here are the top 10 reasons kids should learn to code:
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4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom - eSchool News

4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom - eSchool News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
’ll admit I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on coding tools. Coding is one of the most crowded categories in edtech. And while there are a ton of great tools for students of any ability level, many of these tools have hit on the same winning formula.

So does that mean coding is over? Not quite yet. In fact, the coding genre of edtech seems to be evolving.

One of the bright spots at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference has been how many developers are not just iterating on the tried-and-true coding formula but exploring new frontiers that offer students new ways to learn — from VR and hardware hacking to monthly subscription boxes to courses and curriculum that blend technical skills with “soft” skills.
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​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too - EdSurge News

​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn’t short on initiatives—such as Google’s Code Next program or the White House’s Obama era Computer Science For All campaign—which aim to change that.

And while these programs attempt to arm students will the ability to code, they sometimes overlook a critical skill that developers, computer science scholars and tech recruiters say is key to landing a job in their field: writing.
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Innovate My School - Cracking the code through creativity

Innovate My School - Cracking the code through creativity | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Computing has received somewhat of a mixed reaction from schools – after all, just the word “code” exudes a sense of mystery. There’s a reason why detectives will use the term “cracking the code” to describe a puzzle that needs solving, or obstacles that need to be overcome.


But while the ability to write and use code is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced, it is a tool for opening doors, and one of the most powerful mechanisms for creation in the tech-fuelled present, which will only become more important in the future."

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What is Computational Thinking? Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

What is Computational Thinking? Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As a generalization – it means to solve problems using technology – either with existing technology, or by creating technology to do things we haven’t done before."

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Some People Learn to Code in Their 60s, 70s or 80s - NYTimes

Some People Learn to Code in Their 60s, 70s or 80s - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For some older people, just downloading an app or successfully navigating certain websites might seem like cause for quiet celebration.

But not Shirley M. McKerrow, a retired business owner and politician from Darwin, Australia.

Ms. McKerrow, who is 84, revels in the thought of learning to develop those same apps and websites. Last year, she began taking free online coding lessons through Codecademy, an interactive platform that teaches programming languages, and was tutored along the way by her tech-savvy grandson.

She could hardly contain her enthusiasm: “I might use my newfound skills to create personalized, all-singing-and-dancing online birthday cards — in fact, all sorts of greeting cards for my family and friends. Maybe I could even graduate to making greeting cards personalized for businesses or for members of Parliament to send to their constituents.

“I have all sorts of ideas,” she continued, “but need to progress my skills a little further before I get too carried away.”

While millennials make up the bulk of those learning in-demand skills like web design, programming or digital marketing — the average age of students at coding boot camps, for instance, is just under 30 — some people old enough to be their parents or even grandparents are also acquiring these abilities.
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RISE4WAR 's curator insight, September 23, 7:52 AM
"Cougar Coding"! :)
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3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum - ISTE

3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Scratch has become a popular way to introduce coding to young people around the world. Yet many schools are just beginning to realize the potential of Scratch to support project-based learning across subject areas and grade levels.

How can you integrate Scratch into your curriculum to help students learn to think creatively and work collaboratively? Here are three things to know about Scratch — and the opportunities it opens up for learners with diverse interests and backgrounds.
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Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds – Sphero Edu – Medium

Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds – Sphero Edu – Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2016, Apple announced Swift Playgrounds, a revolutionary app for the iPad that makes learning the Swift language interactive and fun for all learners. Swift Playgrounds is essentially a video game that teaches kids how to code using Apple’s Swift programming language. The interface allows you see what you’re creating with code as you write it — type your code on the left and immediately see the result on the right. Earlier in 2017, the Sphero Edu team partnered with Apple to build the first integrated Playground content designed to control real world robots. On June 5th at WWDC, Apple unveiled the new content that is now part of the Swift Playgrounds app. Thanks to our new partnership, you can now program real world robots including Sphero’s very own SPRK+.
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24 Coding Programs Boosting Diversity in Tech

24 Coding Programs Boosting Diversity in Tech | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How does the tech world measure up against other industries in terms of diversity? Many major CEOs have discussed the importance of diversity, but the tech industry still has a long way to go with incorporating women and minorities. But there are many organizations who have taken great strides towards making this a thing of the past. Here’s a list of extraordinary coding programs boosting diversity in tech around the world.
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, September 12, 6:26 PM

Almost all coding groups are for girls and/or women!