Code.org has released tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding. Perfect for the “hour of code” next week. They include unplugged lessons which you can do WITHOUT a computer.
With 90% of US schools teaching NO computer science it is time to change this. Every school should celebrate the Hour of Code. (By the way, remember that the UK will teach every child age 5 and up how to code every year starting next year.)
Fascinating article on design thinking and an attempt to catalog all of the schools using design thinking. I do predict that STEM, design thinking, and creativity are going to become increasingly valued by parents and many who are disenfranchised with a testing environment that is rapidly driving everyone involved to the edge - particularly the students.
"Mapping a global movement. A global movement is unfolding, and in response to the overwhelming interest around design thinking in schools, IDEO and the d.school have created a new directory — Design Thinking in Schools — to highlight the network of institutions that are at the forefront of this movement.
The directory, launched in mid-October, already features a wide range of programs and resources. There’s a mix of learning environments, from charter and district public schools to museums and summer camps. The programs are diverse, including after school “lab” environments and schools that use design thinking as the basis for subject-matter courses. “
This is a truly epic post every teacher or productivity fan should read. Each one of these 100 things is linked to a TED video if you want to know more. Wow, Chris Bailey did an awesome job with this one.
This very useful post is one you can share with educators about the SAMR model for technology integration into the classroom. This excellent blog post from Educators Technology is one that will inform you (with great videos embedded) and help you understand what it is intended to do. With teacher evaluation systems everywhere adapting this model, every teacher should read this post.
This word cloud demonstrates high frequency words in the Common Core standards as it relates to technology use. Excellent word clouds created by Ben Rimes over at Tech Savvyed related to the Common Core State standards.
This demonstrates how technology standards are related and embedded in the standards, particularly the writing standards. This is one big reason I’m publishing the book “Reinventing Writing.” I think a lot of people know they need to write with technology but just don’t understand how. This blog post is useful to read if you’re having anything to do with Common Core implementation and these charts would be useful to share with your teachers in a quick teacher’s meeting. (via Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology | The Tech Savvy Educator)
Where are the 57 Million Out-of-School Children?
Richard Wells at Ipads for schools has written a nice post about project based learning with iPads including a great Edutopia video and many app suggestions. If you’re moving towards better use of your ipads, this will be a great post for you.
Aiden received a #wow #worldofwarcraft gift card for his upcoming birthday. My old character Sensei Wu was still there! There goes all free time and productivity.
Have fun gentlemen!
Another character education idea for you, courtesy of my grade partner!
180 gifts - “Today is a gift, that is why it’s called the ‘present’”
At the beginning of the year she gave each student a 5 index cards. They could write an inspiring quote, poem, phrase, song lyric, etc on each one. Now each day, right at the start of class, she pulls one from the pile randomly and reads it. It’s her little way of starting every day with a positive tone. Also, it serves as a count up to the 100th day (or countdown to the end of the year if its that kind of week).
They look forward to it daily! And other teachers, classes, students stop by to get a little uplifting boost in their day!
Reblogging to try after Christmas
Love this idea! I am doing this!!