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À la découverte de l'espace via Google Maps — Enseigner avec le numérique

À la découverte de l'espace via Google Maps — Enseigner avec le numérique | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Google met à disposition une application permettant de découvrir d'autres planètes de notre système solaire et leurs satellites


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10 Doubts Teachers have About Teaching Coding

10 Doubts Teachers have About Teaching Coding | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Here are 10 doubts that may be holding teachers back from integrating coding literacy in classroom teaching.

Via Kirstin Beckett, John Evans
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Many educators (myself included) do not implement coding in their classrooms because they are scared or they do not know the facts. This infographic is followed-up with an explanation of how each of the 10 thoughts of educators are a myth. This really helped me get into coding and realize it was actually something I could do myself. -Morgan

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Kirstin Beckett's curator insight, October 28, 2015 1:00 AM

teaching coding and programming skills is not just for the future computer engineers. Coding literacy is now as fundamental as reading, writing and arithmetic. All future careers are going to utilise knowledge of computer skills in some form. It should be a priority of every school to offer computer science training to students of all grades. Kids of all age are excited by the prospect of learning to code, whether in their CS curriculum or as hybrid classroom concepts. 

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Latest craze for Chinese parents: Preschool coding classes

Latest craze for Chinese parents: Preschool coding classes | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Wu Pei began teaching her 6-year-old son to code this year, thinking he’d enjoy learning a skill that might boost his future job prospects in an increasingly digitized world. Now, she runs classes in Nanjing, China, and is helping more than 100 parents introduce their children to coding ..."

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This just shows how popular and important coding is becoming. It also demonstrates how easy it is for young children to learn how to code. There is a myth that coding is too hard for young children, but in reality, it's relatively easy to do, especially when starting out with the basics. -Morgan

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Cloud9 - Your development environment, in the cloud

Cloud9 - Your development environment, in the cloud | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Cloud9 combines a powerful online code editor with a full Ubuntu workspace in the cloud. Cloud9 supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Go, and more.
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No need to use command prompts on your desktop when you are using this cloud-based workspace. Do all of your coding anywhere, at any time in a collaborative environment. Not intuitive therefore requires a lot of self-directed learning. - Adrian

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9 Apps Built by Self-Taught Coders

9 Apps Built by Self-Taught Coders | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Ever considered learning to code with online tools? Check out these examples of what a total n00b can make.
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A cool site that exposes a few DIYers who learned how to code and went on to make some awesome apps! Nice to see that others started as we have (no formal training) - Adrian. 

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Ruby on Rails Tutorial (3rd Ed.)

The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book and screencast series teach you how to develop and deploy real, industrial-strength web applications with Ruby on Rails, the open-source web framework that powers top websites such as Twitter, Hulu, GitHub, and the Yellow Pages. The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book is available for free online and is available for purchase as an ebook (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats). The companion screencast series includes 12 individual lessons, one for each chapter of the Ruby on Rails
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I discovered Ruby on Rails today as an ideal starting language for coding. It is not the traditional path (normally people learn JAVA) but it's what people ACTUALLY use. This is a free online tutorial - the "go-to" resource. - Adrian

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Digital Technologies Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum by rows - The Australian Curriculum v8.0

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Australian Digital Technology Curriculum Expectations across levels. 

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Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum

Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
From the start of the new term, children as young as five will be learning programming skills in the classroom. By Stuart Dredge
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England's new curriculum "teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy: teaching them how to code,and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you.”

 

What are they learning?

Key Stage 1 (5-6 years): understanding that algorithms are a set of instructions (not always with computerts- recipes, morning routines), creating and debugging simple programs , development of logical reasoning 

 

Key Stage 2 (7-11 years): creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals, learning about concepts such as sequence, selection and repetition. 

 

Key Stage 3 (11- 14 years): using 2 or more programming languages (at least 1 which is textual) to create their own programs, learning simple Boolean logic (AND, OR and NOT operators), working with binary numbers etc. Studying computer and internet safety. 

 

Other important details: How teachers have been preparing and what parents can do to support their children's learning

 
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Learning to Code, Coding to Learn : Jonathan Buchanan at TEDxToledo

A self-described computer fanatic, Jonathan has developed mad skills in everything from php and MySQL to Ruby, Rails, Javascript and all points in between. H...
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This 10 year old understands the benefits of coding and what skills you can learn from coding. Many of these skills can be linked to the curriculum (language and math AND learning skills ie. Collaboration). He argues that some countries already have coding as part of their schooling expectations (curriculum) and that this should be more prevalent in North American sytems 

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Wanna Learn to Code? Pick One of These Five Coding Academies - Techvibes.com

Wanna Learn to Code? Pick One of These Five Coding Academies - Techvibes.com | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
    Because the Canadian coding school or “bootcamp” sector is still in its infancy, it’s tough to decipher which
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For individuals serious about learning to code, this site provides information on the top 5 (not free tuition) Canadian "schools" or private institutions.  

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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code | TED Talk | TED.com

Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code | TED Talk | TED.com | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Adrian's insight:

Mitch gives a Scratch example of making greeting cards using the app. Makes me think that Scratch could be used to make "greeting cards" pertaining to Canadian History. Example: Louis Riel sends a card to Sir John A. about the rebellion in the Prairies. 

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Code School - Courses

Code School - Courses | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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This is a MOOC (massive online course) with a variety of paid for and free courses on coding. I explored the Google Drive API "elective" that entails a small amount of javascript and html to render a "save to drive" button on a website. This fancy button will allow my students to download files from my Weebly teacher page that surpass the 10mb limit. This is CODING FOR TEACHING as opposed to CODING FOR LEARNING (student centred). Explored on Oct. 26, 2015.

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Anchor. Le moyen le plus simple de créer des podcasts

Anchor. Le moyen le plus simple de créer des podcasts | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Anchor est un service en ligne qui vous donne la parole. Et pour cause, cet outil permet d’enregistrer et de diffuser le plus simplement du monde des podcasts audio.


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A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom

A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"In case you haven’t been paying attention, computer science skills are vastly becoming some of the most in-demand skills of the twenty-first century. In fact, some call it a new "superpower." But there’s a problem. There are approximately 587,000 computing jobs nationwide, which is growing at 2x the national average, but only about 38,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce this year."


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This is a website that talks about Hour of Code and how it can be implemented into the classroom. There is such thing as a computer science week to help students gain interest in the topic and hopefully pick up coding. It also discusses the importance of computer science and the abundance of jobs, but the lack of skilled potential employees. -Morgan

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Build with Chrome

Build with Chrome | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.
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More makerspace than coding, but I still see the link between this site where you build using Lego pieces of different types and colours on a base block. You can even add creations to Google Maps! This could serve as a intro to cloud-based building. - Adrian. 

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Coding

Coding | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Welcome Inspired Innovators!
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It seems to me that this site is a useful starting point as an educator trying to inspire and excite their students (or extracurricular club members) about coding! Lots of activities to hook kids (Minecraft anyone?) plus 2D to 3D avatar builders which could be exported to our classroom applications (such as edmodo) - Adrian

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Learn Ruby on Rails - Online Course

Learn Ruby on Rails - Online Course | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The online Ruby on Rails course from One Month is the easiest way to learn how to code with this extremely popular language. Visit us today to learn more!
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This is a site to go to learn Ruby on Rails in just 1 month (as the name suggests). The founder and CEO lectures and shares his entrepreneurial insight, and is generally quite approachable. This site is useful for learning a web app creating language! - Adrian

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About

About | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
CodeCondo is an aspiring community for developers, designers, and business people. Codecondo aims to explore, collect, as well as share useful news, tutorials, tips, resources and tools, on design, development and other inspirational topics. We expect that everyone will find something here that is useful and interesting. We always believe that quality is better than quality and hence you will find all quality resources for web development at CodeCondo. Why Codecondo? The world is a competitive p
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Great resource to help sift through the many coding languages out there - the editors save you time by trying out an array of products. There are also guides to different business models as they relate to designing webspaces -Adrian.

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Techthings.ca - Resources for Integration of Coding in Ontario Curriculum

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Here you can find a chart with current Ontario Curriculum expectations  (Math, Science, Art, etc.) and how you can use coding to support learning of these expectations (specific skills that be connected as well as programs). 

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Teaching elementary students to code begins with connecting to resources, looking beyond 1:1, trusting kids to learn, involving the school community, and making it fun.
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"Advice to help introduce coding into your curriculum" :

1. Get connected

2. Creating a 1:1 classroom isn't necessary

3. Trust the students

4. Don't go it alone

5. Make it fun 

 
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Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
To make it in the tech economy, you should have some understanding of the code that builds the digital world around you.

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"computer programming is fast becoming the new standard of literacy". "not understanding coding has become a real handicap and a growing blind spot". Two eye-opening statements in the introduction of this article, along with several go-to sites for coding.

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Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
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This is a website where you can work with coding to create your own ideas. One we looked at was a dancing cat - you create the dance moves and the sounds using code. It's a fun way to get students into using code. -Morgan

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Don’t Fear the Internet

Don’t Fear the Internet | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

There is an HTML tag for each

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A website chock full of videos that takes a complex topic (coding with HTML and CSS) and renders it simple by chunking topics into manageable portions (scaffolding). The two authors mix humour into their videos, an added bonus!. The resource section is teaming with extra support with coding. Two thumbs up! #EDUC5304

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Happy Fun Coding


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A few tutorials on how to create basic animations. 

I looked at "Star" by Zack - entailed a loop of stars of various shapes and colours being imposed one atop the other - Adrian, Oct. 26th, 2015. 

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