Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 51 | Code Until You Drop

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week

Newspaper-Articles

  1. “We don’t teach music in school to make everyone a concert violinist,” says Clive Beale, director of educational development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a nonprofit organization based near Cambridge, England that promotes computer studies in schools. “We’re not trying to make everyone a computer scientist, but what we’re saying is, ‘this is how these things work, it’s good for everyone to understand the basics of how these things work. And by the way, you might be really good at it.”’
  2. Fluency, Resnick proposes in today’s talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.
  3. CODING IS COMING: Code.org is making inroads to bring computer science to schools; last month, it announced a partnership with 30 U.S. school districts, representing 2 million students (or 5% of the U.S. K-12 population). So far over one million students have enrolled in its online “K-8 Intro to Computer Science Course,” and the non-profit hopes to partner with 100 districts by the end of the year.

Tech Tips

techtips

  1. GamePress gamepressapp.com
    Help your kids unleash their creativity and make games with them! Teachers Use GamePress to introduce students to programming and game development! Artists Bring your graphics to life without having to worry about the technical details! Gamers Turn your dreams into reality with GamePress.
  2. My current favorite coding app for kids.
  3. piktochart.com piktochart.com
    Wonderful infographic generator

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