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Anchoring #Computational #Thinking in today’s #curriculum — Conrad Wolfram  @conradwolfram

Anchoring #Computational #Thinking in today’s #curriculum — Conrad Wolfram  @conradwolfram | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
There is a lot of talk of "Computational Thinking" as a new imperative of education, so I wanted to address a few questions that keep coming up about it. What is it? Is it important? How does it relate to today's school subjects? Is Computer-Based Maths (CBM) a Computational Thinking curriculum?

Firstly, I've got to say, I really like the term.

To my mind, the overriding purpose of education is "to enrich life" (yours, your society's, not just in "riches" but in meaning) and different ways in which you can think about how you look at ideas, challenges and opportunities seems crucial to achieving that.

Therefore using a term of the form “xxx Thinking" that cuts across boundaries but can support traditional school subjects (eg. History, English, Maths) and emphasises an approach to thinking is important to improving education.

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20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About

20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
YouTube remains one of the best resources for educational video content to use with students in class. Over the past few years we reviewed and shared several YouTube channels that offer educational content for teachers and students and today we are re-featuring this list of the most popular YouTube channels for math teachers.

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Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce | It's Elementary | Scoop.it

Sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, virtual collaboration. These are the 10 skills needed for the future workforce. For a full report, see the work done by Apollo Research Institute (formerly the University of Phoenix Research Institute) looking at the Skills Needed by 2020. A summery of the report and detailed findings about each of the skills are also available.


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Las nuevas destrezas laborales requeridas
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Ten Skills for the Future Workforce
Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, November 3, 2017 4:22 PM
Cool stuff. Nice to see other than technical skills, working often with high techs or engineering companies who tend to put too much focus on technical stuff. Many of these really appeal to me - but do not yet provide real job opportunities. Probably just need to be patient then...
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iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it’s available in a public beta, here’s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should. Apple Pay takes on Venmo and Facebook Apple Pay …

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Some of these features will be so handy in the classroom!

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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition

NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation).

The preview provides summaries of the trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology which were ranked most highly by the 2017 expert panel and will be featured in the official NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition set to be released in August, 2017. View the Panel of Expert’s work and discussions in the 2017 Horizon.k12 Workspace.

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A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals

A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
WWF Together is a beautiful iPad app and Android app that features interactive stories about endangered animals around the world. Each of the interactive stories includes beautiful images and videos, facts about the animals and their habitats, and the threats to each of the animals. Some of the animals currently featured in the app are pandas, marine turtles, elephants, tigers, polar bears, bison, whales, gorillas, rhinos, and snow leopards.

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Canada 2067 - a national initiative to shape the future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning K-12

Canada 2067 - a national initiative to shape the future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning K-12 | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Canada 2067 is a national initiative to shape the future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, focusing on Kindergarten to Grade 12. Using the perspectives and opinions of Canadians, Canada 2067 will develop an action plan and a national vision for STEM learning that will ensure young Canadians are prepared to compete, thrive and contribute in the rapidly changing world of tomorrow.

We’re going nation-wide in search of perspectives and opinions on STEM learning. Join us and share yours!

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Makerspaces and Student Wellbeing - TinkeringChild

Makerspaces and Student Wellbeing - TinkeringChild | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
A child’s wellbeing is of utmost importance and a Makerspace can be one place to assist in ensuring a child is stimulated yet feels cheery, unanxious and relaxed. The joy and happiness we have seen in our Makerspace is evident of students’ wellbeing.

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Code Karts Coding App for Preschoolers - Avatar Generation

Code Karts Coding App for Preschoolers - Avatar Generation | It's Elementary | Scoop.it

"Give your preschooler a fun jumpstart into the vast world of coding with the Code Karts coding app for preschoolers. This exciting new app from Edoki Academy puts your child in the drivers seat of a cool race car as it helps them learn how to sequence, process if-then statements and work on building their problem solving skills."


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3D Scanner Guide: Best 3D Scanners 2017, Apps & Software | All3DP

3D Scanner Guide: Best 3D Scanners 2017, Apps & Software | All3DP | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
This 3D scanner guide is broken into four parts. In the first section, you’ll find a detailed list of the best 3D scanners and 3D scanner software that will help you to get the job done. If you’d like an introduction to 3D scanning technologies and need help to decide whether to buy a 3D scanner and which type, then skip ahead to the second section.

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The Invent To Learn Guide to Block Programming – Invent To Learn @garystager

The Invent To Learn Guide to Block Programming – Invent To Learn @garystager | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
For decades, the dream of programming computers without words or the ability to make syntax errors had eluded computer scientists. Today, is the dawn of a new era in block programming languages designed for children to learn with, control their world, solve problems, and express themselves.

Here are the languages worthy of your consideration. Each is a dialect of the Logo programming language. (Read What is Logo? by Seymour Papert)

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15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web

15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Some of the best of the best in open source image sites are listed in this article, as well as great guidelines for ethical searches and Creative Commons

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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we've tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.

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11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom

11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Classroom learning can be AWESOME! Check out these 11 killer tips for quick and amazing ways to use PowToon in your classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 2017 7:57 AM

Some nice examples and templates for using PowToon with students.

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iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on iPhone and iPad

iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on iPhone and iPad | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
iOS 11 has new recommendations for managing storage that are quick and easy to use. Follow along after the jump to check out this new feature.




Last year macOS Sierra gained user recommendations (found by going to About this Mac → Storage → Manage) and this year iOS is getting some of its own. Recommendations are an easy way to not only know what’s eating the larger chunks of your storage, but they also provide super simple ways to free up space (really nice for friends and family who aren’t tech savvy).

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8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education

8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Check out just how much of an influence studies show iPads in the classroom are having on education.

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How to Save Battery in iOS With This Low Power Mode Trick

How to Save Battery in iOS With This Low Power Mode Trick | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
When iOS 9 came out last year, a few great battery saving tricks came with it. One of these best features is low power mode. While your phone will prompt you to turn low power mode on once your battery hits 20 percent, there’s no reason to wait that long. Rather than delve into your Settings app, you can easily toggle it on and off with one command.

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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition

NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation).

The preview provides summaries of the trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology which were ranked most highly by the 2017 expert panel and will be featured in the official NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition set to be released in August, 2017. View the Panel of Expert’s work and discussions in the 2017 Horizon.k12 Workspace.

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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom

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Working Through the 5 Steps of Design Thinking | Make:

Working Through the 5 Steps of Design Thinking | Make: | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
In the Product Design program at Stanford, seniors have the opportunity to walk through the entire design process, from conception to execution, over the course of six months. Design thinking is an approach to creative problem-solving that uses a framework that begins with building empathy. The goal of this process is to fully understand the deeper needs that a person or group faces in order to uncover the heart of the problem in order to create a truly meaningful and effective solution.


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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom

3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom | It's Elementary | Scoop.it

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have never been more accessible for teachers and students. Of course, the technology isn’t perfect yet, and the content offerings can be hit or miss. But, considering how many students carry smartphones, and with cardboard-style VR viewers starting at about $15, it’s easier than ever to give kids immersive VR and AR experiences in class.


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Picture Books for Kids Who Like to Tinker and Invent

Picture Books for Kids Who Like to Tinker and Invent | It's Elementary | Scoop.it
Fabulous picture books perfect for kids who like to tinker with tools and invent imaginative machines. Great for teaching STEM and growth mindset.

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15 free games that will help you learn how to code

15 free games that will help you learn how to code | It's Elementary | Scoop.it


"Online learning has come a long way in the last few years.Flickr/Laurie Sullivan

When I started learning to code, the options were limited—lots of books (not even e-books), some very basic online tutorials, and a whole lot of experimentation.

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.

While a game alone probably isn’t going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really incredible way to practice the skills you’re learning. It makes practice fun. And if you’re anything like me, you might suddenly realize you’ve spent the last four hours reinforcing your coding skills without even realizing it.

I’ve tried out some of the most entertaining and useful games for learning to code. Check out my favorites below. "


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Year in Review: Lessons from the Innovation Lab - Teched Up Teacher

Year in Review: Lessons from the Innovation Lab - Teched Up Teacher | It's Elementary | Scoop.it



"I came up with the Innovation Lab, our take on the makerspace, when I first got to Fair Haven eighteen months ago. The goal was to make an engaging technology “special” to replace our more traditional computer class which we pushed down toward the elementary school. I spent the bulk of this year’s afternoons working in the Innovation Lab with Ms. Smith and her 5th and 6th grade students. In the Innovation Lab, students learned about Design & Engineering, Computer Science, the Digital Arts, and, for a few months, Entrepreneurship. After our first full year in the Lab, I wanted to share the lessons I’ve learned."


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6 Must Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset (EdSurge News)

6 Must Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset (EdSurge News) | It's Elementary | Scoop.it

"Flashy spaces and shiny toys in makerspaces are enticing, but it takes time and explicit scaffolding to develop a true Innovator. Building and providing the space for Making to happen is one thing; nurturing a mindset that gives students the mental tools to engage with said spaces is a much larger, and timely, endeavor.

Best defined by the research and work of Carol Dweck, Jo Boaler and Eduardo Briceno, growth mindset is the recognition of the brain as a muscle that—with practice, effort, and nurturing—can continue to grow and develop. When you think of an inventor or innovator, past or present, what descriptors come to mind? Creative. Persistent. Curious. Fearless. Passionate. But educators know that most students don’t show up to your class on the first day of school exhibiting these qualities.

So how do we provide not only the physical tools but the mental tools to Make? Here are the essential pieces:

1. Give students permission to play

2. Build those Maker muscles 

3. Reflect often

4. Have some accountability

5. Cultivate an appreciation for failure

6. Use role models to inspire students to become Makers"


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 6, 2016 6:46 PM

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