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Collaborative prototyping - exploring computational tinkering with sound | The Tinkering Studio

Collaborative prototyping - exploring computational tinkering with sound | The Tinkering Studio | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
We have been prototyping new computational tinkering activities that explore sound during the past 4 months, working collaboratively with our partners from the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten group and the LEGO Idea Studio.

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Micro:bit Basics for Teachers Part 1 - The Hardware

Micro:bit Basics for Teachers Part 1 - The Hardware | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
At Hackster we know that learning new technologies and tools for use in the classroom can be time consuming and daunting for many teachers. To help with this, we have partnered with the Micro:bit Foundation to create three short, informative video lessons that will give you the confidence to use the micro:bit in your classroom, without wasting time with extraneous details.

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Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it

"Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education?

Our new report, Computational Thinking for a Computational World, draws from research and interviews with leaders around the country to answer the essential question: In a computational world, what is important to know and know how to do?

The report describes how computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. It is a skillset for solving complex problems, a way to learn topics in many disciplines, and a necessity for fully participating in a computational world."


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Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students

Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 12, 2017 1:24 PM

Seem like a natural treasure chest to me! 

Marci Milius's curator insight, December 13, 2017 10:45 AM
Good resource!
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Can't wait to try these.
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The Future of Coding in Schools - Edutopia 

The Future of Coding in Schools - Edutopia  | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it's not the reason you’d expect.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 10, 2017 5:41 PM

“La primera pregunta que nosotros deberíamos hacernos es ¿por qué deberíamos aprender a programar? Mucha gente introduce la programación en las escuelas como un primer paso que estimule una futura vocación laboral como programador o incluso científico de computadoras y por supuesto ellos tienen razón que estas oportunidades se están expandiendo rápidamente. Pero esa no es una gran razón para que todos aprendan programación. Muy poca gente termina siendo un escritor profesional, pero nosotros enseñamos a todos a escribir porque es una forma de comunicarnos con otros, de organizar nuestros pensamientos y expresar nuestras ideas. Yo pienso que las razones para aprender a programar son las mismas que las razones para aprender a escribir. Cuando nosotros aprendemos a escribir aprendemos a cómo organizar, expresar y compartir ideas. Y cuando nosotros aprendemos a programar, estamos también aprendiendo a cómo organizar, expresar y compartir ideas en nuevas formas, en un nuevo medio.” (Mitch Resnick, Físico, Doctor en computación y Director del Grupo Lifelong Kindergarten, equipo de aprendizaje permanente en el MIT Media Lab y co-creador del lenguaje Scratch)

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Coding with Paper: FREE Printable Space Game for Students

Coding with Paper: FREE Printable Space Game for Students | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
From robots to Minecraft, there are thousands of different ways to introduce programming to your class in fun and interactive ways for the upcoming Hour of Code (December 8-14). While most apps and tutorials do require internet connected computers or mobile devices, it does not mean that schools without this level of technology cannot get involved. In fact, coding with paper can be an even more engaging and meaningful way to introduce students to early programming concepts.

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MakerBot Educators' Guidebook for 3D Printing in the Classroom - via Class Tech Tips 

MakerBot Educators' Guidebook for 3D Printing in the Classroom - via Class Tech Tips  | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
The MakerBot Educators Guidebook: The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom contains lots of useful information and 3D printing lessons.

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It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium

It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we’ve learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl’s arguments back then are even more relevant today. In this post, I’ll explain why.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 20, 2017 2:00 PM
Part of the literacy that often goes overlooked is that a digital tool is not always the best tool. Teachers are both learners and teachers. To say otherwise misses the point of teaching an learning.
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 21, 2017 1:36 AM
Teachers do an amazing job! We need to help those who are uncomfortable with technology to embrace it. 
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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’ | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | 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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The Argument for Computational Thinking

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Halloween is packed away, Christmas looms on the horizon, report cards are consuming way too much time…all of which means it is almost one of my favourite weeks of the year: Hour of Code week!

This year Hour of Code officially runs from December 4th to 10th. Last year our teachers and administrators worked really hard to ensure that students in all grades and across all of our schools got a chance to try one or two coding activities during Hour of Code week. I hope we do even better this year and for the next several weeks my blog posts will be dedicated to helping teachers prepare for Hour of Code in their classroom.

However, in any discussion about coding, I think it is important to start off by discussing Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking is the basis for all coding. More importantly, it provides a great base for problem solving in any arena of life, from getting dressed for the snow to building a gingerbread house to completing a school project.

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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018  | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, November 9, 2017 12:52 PM
A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 | #ModernLEARNing
Jeff Fenwick Phillips's curator insight, November 13, 2017 10:01 AM

Gus Mees does a great job of curating his site about learning in the 21st century.  The Professional Learner's Toolkit provides helpful information for designing an LMS for educators.

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Physical computing is the future of education - Quartz

Physical computing is the future of education - Quartz | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it

“So you want your kid to grow up to be Mark Zuckerberg? Get them started early. Toymakers are creating everything from board games to wooden logic puzzlesto teach children—as young as three years old—how to code.


Kano and Primo Toys sell play sets that mix hardware and software, creating a hands-on learning experience. Kano sells kits that teach children of all ages how to build the computers; Primo Toys sells Cubetto, which teaches toddlers to code with a wooden board, block pegs, and a programmable robot.”


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7 Must Have App and Tools for Students With Learning Disabilities

7 Must Have App and Tools for Students With Learning Disabilities | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities. Finding the right app is important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important.

Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence. Here are 7 essential apps for students with learning disabilities:

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Making a difference with making - Smart Brief

Making a difference with making - Smart Brief | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
If your region is anything like mine, there is a tremendous need for support related to makerspaces. The Maker Movement is one that centers on putting the design of learning, and all that comes along with it, ultimately in the hands of the learners themselves. Whether putting a pre-existing device together, solving a problem through the building of a device or designing a model for something that doesn’t yet exist, making is as much about the process of behind-the-scenes learning as it is about the product being formed.

In truth, making is so much more than re-imagining the tech or shop classes of our past. We’ve learned over the last few years that to appropriately support schools and districts in their journey to make meaning through making, we need to keep in mind a few important ideas.

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How Machines Learn - YouTube

How do all the algorithms around us learn to do their jobs?

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 20, 2017 8:27 AM

Video ilustrativo de como las máquinas con inteligencia artificial aprenden de manera continua

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10 iPad apps for Humanities classrooms

10 iPad apps for Humanities classrooms | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Whilst there are some awesome apps and websites to support generic teaching and learning activities across the curriculum and age bands, there are also lots of brilliant subject-specific apps for y…

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Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said.

More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended an event at Microsoft’s UK headquarters designed to show young women what life at a technology company was like.

Speaking just weeks after the Government used its Budget to announce significant funding to support the training of Computer Science teachers, Cindy Rose, the chief executive of Microsoft UK, kicked off this year’s DigiGirlz by highlighting the lack of women in the technology sector.

Educators told Microsoft at the event that school leaders needed to create more positive role models in computer science and give them modern classrooms to work in if the UK was to encourage more women to pursue a career in science, engineering, technology or maths (STEM).

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 11, 2017 1:19 PM

 Curious article from Microsoft. Convincing successful dancers and Musically talented women to covertly convert talent into computer and scienc geeks may not be a winning argument guys....This article shows the limits of the male mind to comprehend the mind and motivations of others. Now the STEAM or just STEM debate may be worth bringing up if Microsoft can show how developing programs and engineering for those creative fields opens creative doors and how creative thinking and skills open door for enginneeering teams?

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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson via @coolcatteacher 

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson via @coolcatteacher  | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Teachers don't have to be geeks to use coding in elementary and primary grades to teach literacy, problem solving and collaboration. Here's how.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 9, 2017 3:41 PM
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Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom

Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
" I have been integrating coding into my Elementary classroom for the last few years, and I have started to see more and more benefits as students began to think computationally through various challenges. It does take time to teach students how to code, but the benefits are quickly apparent. They learn the iteration process through testing code they have written as it runs on the computer. Failure is simply part of the learning experience and we apply this mentality to other subjects as well. We don’t code everyday in class, we use it when it fits into the curriculum. It becomes a tool that some students use more often than others, for some it is the best way for them to think and design their solution to a problem.

One of the questions I asked myself as an educator was:

“How does integrating coding into a student’s work flow change the way they approach various challenges?”""

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Flowlab Game Creator - Make games online

Flowlab Game Creator - Make games online | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Great for teachers & students. Flowlab is being used all over the world to introduce game design & development, along with crucial STEM skills. Creating themed games is also a fun way to get students engaged with classroom material.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 29, 2017 10:05 PM

Gamification for the WIN!

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Great for teachers & students. Flowlab is being used all over the world to introduce game design & development, along with crucial STEM skills. Creating themed games is also a fun way to get students engaged with classroom material.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners

 

Grupo 7 Principios de la educación's curator insight, November 22, 2017 7:44 AM
Flowlab está siendo utilizado como material de trabajo en las aulas para desarrollar las habilidades y fomentar la creatividad, creando juegos y compartiéndolos con el resto de compañeros, una nueva metodología  de enseñanza a través de los juegos del siglo XXI en el que el alumnado disfruta trabajando y aprendiendo.
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How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom

How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
The inclusion of coding and computational thinking (CT) skills across all levels of education is gaining momentum worldwide. Here at home, the Ministry of Education recently announced a focus on coding and CT skills in our Ontario schools. What follows are recommendations related to how large jurisdictions can adequately prepare our teachers to introduce and foster the development of coding and CT skills in our students.  

These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels. 

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"These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels."
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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?

As you set, up or evaluate, the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about how you are bringing this movement to the entire school and curriculum. I call it creating a Maker Culture. After-all the concept behind making is not a space… but instead a way of thinking.

For this reason, I think it is important to discuss one of the thinking processes often involved in making. It is the idea of computational thinking. This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education.  The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.

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Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling

Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | 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, 2017 8:26 AM
A more interesting and memorable way to learn coding
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The Future of Work: Technology and Robots and Digital Literacy… OH MY!

The Future of Work: Technology and Robots and Digital Literacy… OH MY! | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it

Q: When will robots be able to do my job?

A: Not yet… (at least not all of it).
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I’ve been thinking about how technology is and will impact the world of work. Thanks to NPR’s Planet Money calculator: Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? and perhaps an empirical search on automation in teaching literature I’ve been reviewing for George … I might have robots on my mind. The calculator says my professional role is not likely to be fully replaced, but I have my doubts."


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Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards

Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards | Von der Schiefertafel zum iPad | Scoop.it
Best in Public Service & Activism 2017

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 18, 2017 9:30 AM

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