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The Future of Coding in Schools

The Future of Coding in Schools | Education and Tech Tools | 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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Interesting view of coding by Resnick (one of the Scratch creators):  "I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas."

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Canada Learning Code (using Scratch)

Canada Learning Code (using Scratch) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Join thousands of Canadians across the country to teach beginner-friendly coding lessons in your community. No coding experience necessary.
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Lots of lesson plans, videos and teacher training on using Scratch and coding in the classroom

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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.
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Scratch and code.org make learning to code a game-sounds like fun!

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Best Coding Tools for High School Students

Best Coding Tools for High School Students | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Coding is an invaluable literacy applicable to virtually any future career or field of study. These high school-level tools will help students build this essential 21st-century literacy by learning how code works and how to write code themselves. Once they're up to snuff, coding will give your students a new way to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves.

 

And teachers, take note: There are tools for those brand new to code as well as those looking for more of a challenge, so make sure to pick and choose to give every student a window into the world of programming. If you're looking to begin coding lessons in your classroom, check out our Teaching Strategies for how to Get Started With Coding in Your Classroom.

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Looks like some excellent web sites and apps for higher ed too!

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Tickle, or at least a great free computing app

Tickle, or at least a great free computing app | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
It’s been on my radar for some time now but I haven’t really had the opportunity to blog about it yet. Tickle, a free App for iPad works just like Scratch.
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Check out Scratch if you're not familar with it: https://scratch.mit.edu

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Coding is for Everybody: Learning through Creating, Personalizing, Sharing, and Reflecting | Connected Learning

Coding is for Everybody: Learning through Creating, Personalizing, Sharing, and Reflecting | Connected Learning | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Many people view computer programming as a narrow technical skill, useful only for a small subset of the population. But coding can be for everyone, enabling people with diverse interests to develop new strategies for thinking, learning, and expressing themselves. In this month-long series of activities and discussions, we’ll explore how and what young people learn as they program and share interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations -- and how educators can support young people as they design, share, and learn. We'll focus on experiences with the Scratch programming language and the ScratchEd community for educators who help others learn with Scratch. Click headline to access the website and all of its resources--

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This sounds very interesting-I'd like to see the ScratchEd community in action!

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