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Fullstack Academy Enters Extension School Market With First University Partnership – Education Article

San Luis Obispo, Calif., may be better known for its wineries and golden coastline than its tech economy. But that could change, thanks to a partnership between one of the major universities in the area, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Fullstack Academy, a coding bootcamp based in New York and Chicago. The two schools announced this week that Fullstack Academy will begin running 26-week coding bootcamps for the university’s continuing education school. The part-time course, called the the Cal…

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Bending the Arc of Human Potential – Education Article

“Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not,” said Michael Moe (above) in his kickoff address to the GSV Leadership Summit at MIT. GSV is a new economy venture fund, accelerator and convenor. Over the last 10 years, the ASU-GSV Summit has become the most important meeting focused on innovations in learning. They hold several smaller meetings during the year, like the one in Cambridge last week, for edtech CEOs and investors. The summit kicked off with a design thinking exercise on strategies…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I had an opportunity to participate in a “mini-retreat” with colleagues from Casady School (@casadyschoolokc) at the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (@ouinnovationhub).This is a group of both faculty and staff, involved in supporting and teaching coding and computer science at different levels at our school. This morning on Saturday, I recorded an almost 10 minute narrated slideshow, reflecting on five things this mini-retreat encouraged me to consider and think about as we strive…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Hello and Happy New Year! That may sound odd on January 27, 2018, but it’s been over a MONTH since I’ve posted to my blog in mid-December. There are a variety of reasons for this, but rest assured I’m not becoming a “blog fader.” 🙂  This may be the longest lapse in blog posts for me here in over a decade, however, so this at least deserves an acknowledgement if not a partial explanation. I need to publish a new…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I’m presenting and attending at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus today and tomorrow, and this afternoon I stopped by the poster sessions outside the vendor hall. I met several different Ohio high school students who have been learning to create interactive games using the free Scratch programming language and MakeyMakey controllers. This is very interesting to me for several reasons, including the fact that my wife (@sfryer) and I are co-leading an after-school Scratch coding club for older…

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8 great ways to STEAM up your class with Sphero (and other edtech) – Education Article

Jobs in the computer science field are the top source of new wages in America, and a quarter of all jobs are now “highly digitalized.” Twice as many Americans use computing in their jobs, with half of these positions in non-STEM fields. Yet, only 25 percent of schools across the country offer a computer science class with coding or programming as part of the curriculum. It’s more important than ever to incorporate STEM and STEAM principles into the classroom to…

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Classroom Coding & Robotics … Everything You Need to Get Started – Education Article

Our Getting Started With Coding Guide includes how-tos, fun robot activities, offline games, and more! Your guide features: Ideas for setting up a makerspace in your classroom Best practices for project expectations and classroom goals Free activities for grades 2–8 Unplugged STEAM games to take coding fun offline And more! <p… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by WeAreTeachers Staff Read Full Article

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14+ Fabulous Valentine’s Day STEAM Activities Students Will Love – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal Valentine’s Day is around the corner! This holiday is a great time for students to be creative and share how much they appreciate and care for others. You can also get students to think and problem solve with the fabulous STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) activities and resources below. All are free! You can also download the slides from my webinar, Valentine’s Day Activities Students of All…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The highlight of my Mondays now is getting to co-facilitate an after-school Scratch Coding Club with my wife. Today one of our fourth graders discovered a wonderful Scratch block that simplified a much more complex set of blocks I’d showed him a few weeks ago, and created a simple shooting cannon / animated cannon. I suspect this code sequence may become the genesis of several games which will be created by our students in upcoming weeks. Here’s the story of…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Welcome to episode 460 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer, from March 13, 2018. This podcast features a series of three recent interviews, and opens with a recommendation to try the newly updated Anchor.fm website and Anchor mobile app for podcast creation and publishing. The first interview is with high school senior Sarah Fryer, who shares her experiences and lessons learned taking concurrent classes from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and the Oklahoma City Community…

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Fun ways to teach angles – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

We have just concluded our maths unit on angles and it occurred to me how much fun we’ve had over the last few weeks! Here are a few learning engagements for teaching angles that I have found to be very fun and highly beneficial. Keep in mind that I used these with Year Four students and not always with the whole class. Keep your students’ individual needs in mind before choosing to adopt any of these. Scratch animations An angles…

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At the Top of Teachers’ Wish Lists? Tactile STEM Projects, Flexible Furniture and Books – Education Article

Last year, 274,000 classroom projects were imagined, funded and fulfilled because of an idea one teacher had almost two decades ago. That idea gave way to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit where teachers can create projects and request resources to help their students, and then donors come in to put up the funds. In 2018, it reached classrooms in 52,000 schools, or nearly half of all public schools in the U.S. Because so many educators turn to DonorsChoose to seek out classroom…

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Early coding can greatly benefit students–here’s how one school does it – Education Article

Coding and computer programming are slowly becoming part of the core curriculum in schools and districts across the U.S.–and some educators say the earlier students start coding, the better. Research says students are more likely to maintain their interest in coding if they’re exposed to it at an early age, and now, some schools are starting in elementary school. At The Village School in Houston, TX, instructional technology specialist Ruth O’Brien and middle school teacher Marc Abrate are helping students…

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4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom – Education Article

Coding is one of the most crowded categories in edtech. And while there are a ton of great tools for students of any ability level, many of these tools have hit on the same formula. So whether you’re prepping for Hour of Code or looking to launch a coding unit or curriculum in your classroom, lab, or library, it’s tough to find the right solution or even determine what separates one from another. Thankfully, there are a few developers out…

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A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. After the first few weeks of going over procedures and an introduction to computers, I noticed my students were getting restless. I’m taking the time before we go into coding to help students learn about giving instructions, since the most important thing all my elementary students learned this past week is that a computer works by following instructions. For the next few weeks, we will focus…

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After-school coding programs position kids to be future leaders – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Those with computer science skills will continue to be highly sought-after in tomorrow’s job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that software developers, web developers, computer and information research scientists and other computer-science experts will be much more in demand than professionals in most other fields. With this in mind, it’s important that young people who wish to succeed in tomorrow’s economy begin developing computer literacy and software development skills as early as possible. In many cases, these…

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How to Think Inclusively About Computer Science Initiatives – Education Article

Computer Science Initiatives Since first getting into the area of Special Education as a volunteer in the late 90s I have slowly seen the push for inclusion which thankfully has become an idea that is near omnipresent these days.  But one key aspect that is developing at a slightly slower pace is the implementation of differentiation practices.  What exactly it is, and how it’s achieved in increasingly more inclusive classrooms around the world. Maybe that could be one reason that…

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How Computer Science Encourages Girls to Pursue STEM Careers – Education Article

Five years ago, I sat in front of my computer with my 7-year-old daughter and completed the Hour of Code. She absolutely loved the idea of typing something and seeing animation as a result. This was the first time she was exposed to computer science and coding. We spent hours completing various activities online and seeing things move, jump and make sounds. I have always loved technology, so seeing my daughter enjoy it made me proud. However, after a while,…

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8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

First in the series, Hour of Code Ideas! “Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.” – Kathryn Barrett Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners to gain the digital skills needed to thrive, connect, and contribute in a connected world. In any subject, students need to know how to conduct…

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Teacher-Blogger Request 2019 | Could You Be a @TeacherToolkit Writer? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Could you be the next blogger for Teacher Toolkit? Ross Morrison McGill started blogging in 2001, and through a mixture of life-changing events, started writing content on Teacher Toolkit almost 10 years ago over here on Blogger in 2010 (don’t laugh!); he soon moved over to WordPress in 2012 and coded the TT website as you see it today. After writing 1,000+ blogs Ross opened up Teacher Toolkit to other teachers in January 2017 and two years later, we have…

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When A Student Learns To Code – The Edublogger – Education Article

This week, students around the world are participating in ‘Hour of Code‘ as part of Computer Science Education Week (December 3-8). Learning to code can be life changing for students which is why I’d like to introduce you to our colleague who is an inspirational young coder. 17-year-old Alex is blind and is in his final year of high school. He is an outstanding self-taught coder and a highly valued member of the Edublogs team. Alex became vision impaired during…

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5 Resources to Find Tons of Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the series, Hour of Code Ideas! “Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.” – Kathryn Barrett In a previous post I described why all students should participate in the upcoming Hour of Code event, which takes place December 3rd to 9th. Find more reasons to introduce students to coding in this article, Why Kids Should Learn To Code (And How To Get Them Started). If you don’t…

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