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John Evans

ISTE | 3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum - 2 views

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    "Scratch has become a popular way to introduce coding to young people around the world. Yet many schools are just beginning to realize the potential of Scratch to support project-based learning across subject areas and grade levels.

    How can you integrate Scratch into your curriculum to help students learn to think creatively and work collaboratively? Here are three things to know about Scratch - and the opportunities it opens up for learners with diverse interests and backgrounds."
John Evans

The Real Reason Teachers and Leaders are Overwhelmed - A.J. JULIANI - 3 views

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    "What is true is that change is constant. It's also getting exponentially quicker. This is not only in education, but in many fields of work. It's taken a while for change to pick up the speed with which we now see it in the classroom, but it has always been there.

    So, how do we handle this as teachers and school leaders? How can we keep the frustration and desperation from boiling over and hurting all potential progress? More importantly how can we make sure the frustration and desperation does not trickle down to our students and impact their learning experience in a negative way?

    Well, we can start with these guiding beliefs:"
Phil Taylor

50 Reasons It's Time For Smartphones In Every Classroom - 2 views

  • To be clear–learning can happen in the absence of technology. Integrated poorly, technology can subdue, distract, stifle, and obscure the kind of personal interactions between learner, content, peer, and performance that lead to learning results.
John Evans

10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School - The Tech Edvocate - 3 views

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    "Makerspace is a relatively new method of teaching students in a space where they can get hands-on experience working with concepts they recently learned. The point of the space is to make, create, and invent new things. There are many advantages to giving students a place to apply concepts, and those benefits are true for all areas and fields of study.

    If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your classroom, here are a few things to consider to help you understand why you should go ahead and do it."
John Evans

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn to Code - Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific - 0 views

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    "The Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, is an annual initiative that mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. With our rising digital economy and the nonstop pace of technological change, we have an imperative to prepare young people to pursue careers that are in demand.

    Computer science refers to the academic discipline of studying what can be done using a computer and how to do so. At the foundation of this is computational thinking, a mental process that allows one to formulate problems so as to design possible solutions that a computer or human can easily understand.

    Coding is one way that computational thinking can be expressed. It is simply writing a list of step-by-step instructions for computers to perform what we want to do. More importantly, it provides everyone a platform to unleash our creativity to create software websites, games, and apps.

    More than half of today's jobs require some technology skills, and this will increase to 77 percent in the next decade, according to IDC. With youth unemployment in Southeast Asia alone almost three times that of total unemployment rate, coding and computer science serve as the gateway for youth to secure a more fulfilling career or even venture into entrepreneurship. In the Philippines for instance, an entry-level tech position pays 38 percent more than the minimum wage.

     

    I strongly encourage everyone to try coding-and here's why:"
John Evans

4 Reasons Your School Should Invest In A 3D Printer - 3 views

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    "The use of 3D printers is becoming increasingly prevalent across the workforce, from medicine to confectionary, aerospace to sportswear.

    The mere concept of them can seem daunting, and it is therefore easy for school leaders to overlook the benefits a 3D printer can have for their pupils. We've put together a list of strong arguments in favor of this fantastic investment in a bid to help you put forward a winning pitch to your school decision makers."
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