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John Evans

Creative Computing - An introductory computing curriculum using Scratch - 0 views

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    "Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values - emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests."
John Evans

Welcome! - Computational Thinking Curriculum at Excel - 0 views

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    "At Excel Public Charter School, we place a strong focus on integrating computational thinking within our curriculum across all disciplines. To us, computational thinking means solving hard problems of all kinds using ideas from computer science. These include algorithmic thinking, decomposition, pattern recognition and abstraction, as well as confidence in the face of ambiguity and tenacity to persist through challenges requiring iteration and experimentation.

    Our computational thinking curriculum is freely provided here for you to incorporate within your own classrooms. You'll find lessons divided into disciplines along the top of this and every other page. With these lessons and projects, we hope you will encourage your students to grow and flourish as computational thinkers, ready to face the real-world challenges of their generation!"
John Evans

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise - 0 views

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    "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?"
John Evans

Will Robots Take Our Children's Jobs? - The New York Times - 1 views

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    "Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children's books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much.

    "Because they work for you," he said.

    What I didn't have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them - or, I fear, might not work at all, because of them.

    It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first, artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s."
John Evans

QuickStart Computing Computing At School - 1 views

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    "QuickStart Computing has been developed to support primary and secondary schools with the computing programme of study introduced in September 2014. Quickstart Computing provides all teachers with the resources needed to successfully run computing CPD for colleagues in your school, cluster, or area. It contains the essential subject knowledge, with a framework and guidance for planning, teaching and assessing progress for all pupils. Quickstart is funded by the Department for Education and Microsoft and is free to all teachers."
John Evans

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer sc... - 0 views

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    "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)."
John Evans

Every Student Should Publish for the World! | Shake Up Learning - 1 views

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    "I'm on a bit of a mission! Everywhere I go, I ask this question, "How many of you allow your students to publish for a global audience?" The result…very few hands go up if any. The reality is this is a real-world skill and can be a very important and authentic learning experience for students of all ages. What's holding you back?"
John Evans

Fighting Bad Press: 14 Inspiring Examples of Drones Doing Good around the Globe - UAV C... - 0 views

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    "Drones do lots of good in the world, and the ways they can be used for good seem to be growing every day. (There's even a "UA Drones for Good" competition held in Dubai every year.)

    Here is our list of some of the ways that drones are being used for good right now. Know of others? Reach out and let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #dronesforgood.

    We'd love to see this list grow!"
John Evans

Coding in the Classroom | TeachOntario - 1 views

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    Welcome to the Coding in the Classroom: Beyond the Hour of Code course. Work your way through this course at your own pace and in whatever order you prefer. Begin with the question in the panel to right, with Get Started Here: About You.
John Evans

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom | TeachOntario - 1 views

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    Welcome to the TVO TeachOntario Coding and Computational Thinking in the Classroom Hub.


    We are excited to serve as the guest hosts for this hub, as we showcase coding and computational thinking ideas, research, activities and practices from educators around the province.

    This hub is meant to serve as a collaborative place where we can all develop our understanding surrounding innovative practices related to coding and computational thinking. We also hope that it can serve as a responsive, ever-changing resource that meets the ...
John Evans

Educational Technology Guy: Virtual Reality Apps for Education - 0 views

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    "Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the newer technologies moving into the classroom. Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions are the two most popular, but here are some more great VR apps for education:

    (these are links to the Google Play store, but they all have iOS versions also)"
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: A Multimedia Timeline of WWII in Europe - 1 views

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    "Last week I shared National Geographic's excellent multimedia timeline of the Pacific Theater of WWII. National Geographic offers a similar timeline of the European Theater. While the title of the timeline is World War II in Europe, it does include include events that happened in Africa and some events in the United States. The timeline World War II in Europe includes pictures, text, video, and maps of events beginning with Hitler's first violation of the Treaty of Versailles through the end of the war in Europe."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Music Crab - A Cute App for Learning to Read Music - 1 views

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    "Music Crab is simple and free iPad designed to help students learn to read music. The app features a little crab that students move by playing virtual piano keys in the app. To move the crab students have to play the correct notes. If they play too many incorrect notes in a row, the game is over and they have to start again."
John Evans

Teach Kids About Money With These Board Games - 0 views

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    "Looking for a way to make learning about money fun? A family board game might be the perfect solution. Money games for kids will help them learn about money management while having a great time. Here are some ideas of games for kids about money. Most of these are best for children ages 8 and up, as they take up to several hours to play and involve complex and abstract ideas."
John Evans

The Future of Coding in Schools | Edutopia - 1 views

  • Very few people grow up to be professional writers, but we teach everyone to write because it’s a way of communicating with others—of organizing your thoughts and expressing your ideas. 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. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.
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    "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."
John Evans

Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break - John Spencer - 4 views

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    "Let's just put it out there. December is exhausting for teachers. The days are shorter. The weather grows colder and (at least here in Oregon) wetter. Students are anxious - whether it's a buzzing excitement for vacation or a sense of dread that some kids feel in homes that are unsafe during the holidays.

    And teachers are tired. They're tired of redirecting behaviors and tired of the mid-year pressure of the test and simply tired of the sheer energy it takes to be a teacher.

    It's no wonder that so many teachers begin playing holiday movies around this time of year. They want to create a sense of fun and escape and enjoyment, and a motion picture promises exactly that. Maybe that's okay. Maybe that's a part of creating a culture of joy. So, please don't read this post as a slam on teachers showing movies before the break. If this is a part of a positive classroom culture, keep doing it. This isn't meant to be a guilt trip or a rant or a "you're doing this wrong" post. This is meant to be a yes/and post offering other options."
John Evans

STEM Challenge - How Strong Is A Piece Of Paper? | Maker Maven | STEM | Makerspace Reso... - 2 views

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    "We love fun and easy STEM activities! In this challenge, we will test the strength of paper by piling books on top of differently shaped paper columns. 
     
    Are you up for the challenge? Let's test the strength of paper! 
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John Evans

Listen Notes: Best podcast search engine & podcast database - 0 views

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    "Podcast Search Engine that actually works"
John Evans

Make Minecraft a Priority During This Week's Hour of Code - STEM JOBS - 0 views

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    "This year's Computer Science Education Week is upon us and, as many teachers know, it brings the opportunity to show students that they, too, can code. Through fostering a global movement during this week, using the Hour of Code and an enormous social-media campaign, technology giants including Microsoft are offering educational tools, such as Minecraft: Education Edition, to develop student interest in coding. This year, Microsoft has updated its Minecraft: Education Edition tutorial, providing greater opportunities to students for learning to code and more educational tools to educators when introducing this subject."
John Evans

To code or not to code in the pre-k classroom? Yes, please do. - 1 views

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    "If there is one piece of advice that is drilled into you as a new parent, it is to limit screen time. Bringing home our first baby, I may have not known how to effectively swaddle or change a diaper, but I did know, "back is best" and "no screen time for children under two." Yet, screens are something we as parents are constantly interacting with. In those early days of parenting, our parents laughed as we announced that we would not expose our children to screens. Yet screens are such a piece of our world. How could I expect a child not to find interest in the screens and technology that we interact with routinely? Does this abstinence approach to teaching new parents and those who work with our youngest learners do more harm than good? Does coding and computational thinking have a place in early childhood education? Yes, it certainly does. "
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