“It should be mandatory that you understand computer science.” By will.i.am
Computer Science Education Week is Dec 7th-13th, 2015. You don’t have to be a coder to participate in CS EdWeek. An Hour of Code is a smaller event during the week to allow students to be introduced to computer science topics such as coding to promote awareness. Below are some sites/ideas for how you can incorporate Computer Science into your classroom.
Hour of Code has lots of lessons, ideas and resources.
A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom by Kasey Bell
Teaching Kids to Code Guide by Edsurge
Hour of Code: Khan Academy Starter Lessons
Made with Code by Google: What if every girl knew the amazing things she could create with code? Invite girls to come together to experience the wonder of code, including an exciting new coding project being launched for Hour of Code.
Sail the High Seas with CS First by Google: In this activity students animate an ocean wave to create the setting for a story set on the high seas. Who are the characters, and how did they end up in the middle of the sea in the first place? That’s for the students to decide and create through code.
Koding – Say goodbye to your local host, and code in the cloud with the Koding Chrome App.
Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding
Take part in CS EdWeek and use the hashtag #csedweek to gather more ideas for you and your students! I would love to hear what others are doing for Hour of Code or CS Week!
Recently I was asked to provide some tips on the topic e-Learning along with some other educators for an article by Scott Hawksworth and Sarah Bass. I really enjoyed reading the tips and so I wanted to pass it along to my fellow blog readers.
Educational technology, and more specifically e-Learning, offers tremendous value to both students and teachers. Both are constantly evolving, and as such, challenges are inevitable. To that end, we surveyed hundreds of e-Learning experts in search of useful tips for teaching and learning online. Our search generated 101 amazing tips, which are presented below. For the first timer to the seasoned e-Learner, you’re likely to find many valuable tips to help you succeed online. Check out the article here: http://bestonlineuniversities.com/101-elearning-tips-from-the-experts
All of the expert contributors are also listed here with links to social media profiles so readers can connect and learn more about their work: http://bestonlineuniversities.com/expert-contributors
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” By George Bernard Shaw
To often lately I have been walking into classrooms and students are on iPads but all they are doing is either using it for research or to play a game. The iPad is a tool that allows our students to create content verses only consuming. Students can use higher order thinking skills to apply what they know when using many apps. The students then own the learning because they are applying concepts verse regurgitating information. Here are some of my new favorite FREE iPad apps and some oldie but goodies.
- Koma Koma – is a stop-animation app. It is simple to use with only four commands — shoot, delete, play and save.
- Adobe Slate – create visual stories easily with this app.
- Shadow Puppet Edu – create videos in the classroom to explain ideas. There is also 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core too! (Great for all ages but I love that it is easy enough for K-1 students to use as well)
Oldies but goodies that I still use in the classroom:
- Adobe Voice
- Haiku Deck
- ReadWriteThink Apps such as Trading Cards
All these Apps I have shared can be used across all content area and in many different ways from tasks to projects.
“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” By Elbert Hubbard
Computer based (online) testing is coming no matter if we agree with it or not; it is inevitable. The best way to prepare our students is to be integrating technology into all subjects, daily and in a variety of ways. Here are some tips below of things you can start doing in your classroom this week to help your students.
Model and teach….
- … how to use a toolbar.
- … students to use a calculator that is online (not just the ones you have in your classroom).
- … students to read online text; including how to use strategies such as using an online highlighter and notes.
This past week I modeled how to do a stop and jot (annotate) using an online text from Tweentribune and Bounce. Here are some other web-tools and sites you can use in the classroom to help prepare your students:
- Compass Learning
- Khan Academy
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Schoolnet or Mastery Connect
- Discovery Education Techbook
- Chrome Extension:
- Read & Write works with all sites, including Google Drive.
- Yellow Highlighter with any site/article like NewsELA
If you have another way to help your students prepare for online/computer based testing please share in the comments.
“Data itself is useless. Data is only useful if you apply it.” Todd Parker
Zeal is a new FREE site that makes grading exit tickets easy. Within 10 minutes I was able to create my free account, view Zeal as a student and as a teacher with their easy tutorial and create my class. The items are Common Core-aligned with 15,000 a question bank and sends the data instantly to the teacher and student in order for them to track their data. Zeal also ‘gamifies’ for the students by offering them to earn coins, move up the leaderboard and use the coins to upgrade their own avatar.
They even make it easy for you to offer quick PD to staff. Check out our there Professional Development Resources to learn how to best use Zeal in your classroom/school. Like most sites you do need to be aware of the COPPA Law because you do need to have parent permissions to use; unless your district is like mine and has a different form that covers all sites.