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Excellent iPad App to Introduce your Kids to Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent iPad App to Introduce your Kids to Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Code Blast is an excellent coding app that has gone free today for a limited period of time. This app is designed to provide young learners and kids with a solid initiation into the world of programming concepts and problem solving.

Code Blast teaches kids coding through fun and engaging activities consisting of programming a rocket to reach its final destination without being damaged by UFOs and other electric barriers found in its course. In running the mission, kids get to develop a series of key programming concepts and thinking skills such as : precise and accurate programming, forward planning to solve anticipated problems, ordering instructions sequentially and many more.

asli telli's curator insight, February 15, 2015 12:42 AM

another fun and engaging appi for Coder Kids:)

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 16, 2015 12:52 AM

This looks good- think about how it could be adapted to Social Sciences and Humanities. learning to code is just the first step

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, February 16, 2015 1:11 PM

General ed teachers: let's try this!

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Koder for iPad: Take the Hell out of HTML | iPad Insight

Koder for iPad: Take the Hell out of HTML | iPad Insight | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the computing classes that I teach at school is HTML, and being a 1:1 iPad school I wanted to refresh my scheme of work to take advantage of using the iPad. Now, let’s get one thing out of the way, coding on the iPad may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, the fact that I can work on it in class and get the students to take the same software home and continue working is a real bonus for me. I had a good look around for an app which would fit my needs and zeroed in on Koder. My reasons for choosing this were mainly because it offered a browser preview of your code and it also wasn’t rated 17+ (Apple rates pretty much any app with a browser 17+ for unrestricted web access unfortunately). It is worth noting that it offers other coding languages, but for the purposes of this review I’m going to concentrate on HTML.
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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children - Mind/Shift

No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children - Mind/Shift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks in part to STEM education initiatives and the tech boom, coding in the classroom has become more ubiquitous. Computer programming tasks students to persistently work to solve problems by thinking logically. What’s more, learning how to code is a desired 21st century career skill.

There are several digital games designed for kids as young as 5 that turn coding into a fun activity, such as Kodable and Scratch Jr. But some game designers are going further back to programming’s fundamentals by creating physical games that can’t be found in any app store.
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What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight

What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So you created an awesome passcode for your iPad.  You were extremely proud of this passcode, too.  For once, you selected one that wasn’t a birthday, or anniversary or special day that was easy to remember.  You finally listened to all the published articles about how important it is to use arbitrary info with a combination of numbers _and_ letters.  However, for some reason one day you simply forgot it or lost the “cheat-sheet” you typically use to save all your passwords?  For the sake of this tutorial, let’s just assume that you didn’t set-up Touch-ID, no one else knows your code, and you have no other known way to retrieve it.  Now what?
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Coding for Kids Revisited - Edutopia

Coding for Kids Revisited - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
While it feels like we just wrote 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills, it's been a year, and as we know, that’s a couple of lifetimes in the technology world! Over the past year, we've discovered even more fabulous sites for teaching coding.

With programs like the Hour of Code and other sites, it looks like many children have been exposed to computer programming, but we feel that we still have a long way to go. Graduates with programming skills are in high demand, and it's clear those numbers will only increase. In addition, the skills acquired through programming, like logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication, can be applied to any grade level, any subject area, and in every part of life. Programming isn't just limited to computer science majors in college. Like we said a year ago, kids can code -- we have the sites and resources to make it happen. And it's never been more important to provide students with opportunities to be exposed to programming, especially girls and minorities. In the interest of space, we've limited our list to resources for coding with elementary students (ages 5-11), and best of all, free resources!
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How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK)

How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Before the term started, a lot of people were feeling under-confident, especially in primary schools," says Swidenbank. "All evidence now shows confidence is on the up." The biggest challenge remains the knowledge gaps, she asserts. But Codeacademy's own figures show the extent of the dent being made in that area. It has had 100,000 new student signups in the past three months and has partnered with more than 2,000 schools since September, bringing its total to more than 3,000.

The biggest change, has been a growth in confidence -- in both teachers and students. Keeping on top of the learning is the key to ensuring that confidence thrives, and Swidenbank has seen the results of that firsthand.
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Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So what were kids up to during the Hour of Code? MakeWonder have shared with us how kids as young as 5 participated in the Hour of Code last week. Jake Lee, from Honolulu, Hawaii created this video to show how his first graders participated in the Hour of Code with the robots. They used Dash & Dot robots for programming activities to teach spatial reasoning and then moved on to Blockly (a visual programming tool developed by Google) to program robots through mazes. If you are lucky enough to have access to the amazing Dash and Dot, MakeWonder have created some great ideas to get you started.
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Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand

Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
My iPad app, Stick Around is free for two days only! The app’s regular price is $2.99 (or $1.49 through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program).
DOWNLOAD STICK AROUND FROM THE APP STORE
Stick Around empowers teachers, students, and parents to design, play, and share labeling, sorting, and matching games. It has been used in hundreds of classrooms and is often mentioned by students as their favorite educational app. 

Stick Around has been in the App Store for exactly a year. Before that, it took a team of people almost two years to design, code, and test. In fact, I started working with the geniuses at MorrisCooke, the app design studio that makes Explain Everything, in May 2011. You can read the story behind Stick Around.
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10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany

10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

 -FastCChances are you know someone who likes to code, build things, hack things, or make, break, and fix things. Chances are also good that you have no idea what to get them for a gift. But don't worry: Co.Labs has you covered. Whether they're into hardware or software, stuff you wear or stuff you fly, still in elementary school or retired from IBM, we have just the thing for the hacker in your life.

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Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thousands of schools are participating in Hour of Code, a global initiative to get more kids engaged in computer science. Tynker, a creative platform to help children develop programming skills, has launched 10 new coding activities to support the hour of code. Tynker’s unique approach motivates students to learn because they can create their own characters, animate them, and rapidly build their own games and interactive stories, using visual block-based programming.

The real excitement is best heard in the voices of students who previewed an Hour of Code with Tynker:
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Why should students learn to code? - Daily Genius

Why should students learn to code? - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Did you know that this week (December 8-14) is Computer Science Education Week? There are resources available via the previous link to help encourage kids to learn to code, to bring computer science education to your school or district, and more. While the concept is mainly aimed at encouraging schools to teach more computer science and more kids to (want to) learn computer science, it can address a much, much wider audience. ‘Computer Science’ can sound like a big scary unknown thing if you’re someone who has never done any type of programming before, but it doesn’t have to be.
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Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue - Getting Smart

Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue - Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Hadi Partovi wants more kids to learn to code. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerber, Sheryl Sandberg, and many others agree. Partovi wants all high schools to offer computer science classes because it represents a growing cluster of job skills but one that few schools teach — particularly schools attended by low income and minority students.
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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.

Just like it's easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you'll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don't plan on becoming a software developer.