Thursday, October 27, 2016

Using tech to promote classroom discussions - Great idea and very affective. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Some schools are adopting software programs that allow students to show their work and engage in classroom discussions without ever leaving their seats. Programs, such as Pear Deck and Classkick, allow students to project their work from their mobile devices to a screen -- eliminating potential obstacles to classroom discussion and engagement.
The Hechinger Report (10/19)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Should coding meet foreign-language requirements? With our new understanding of how our brains process, we have redefined the definition of language. Here is an interesting article on using coding to fulfill the second language . See what you think? Courtesy of ASCD SmarBrief.

In 2013, 12 states allowed computer science to fulfill a math or science high-school graduation requirement. That number since has risen to 28 states and the District of Columbia, but efforts to pass policies in other states to have computer science count as a foreign language have been met with some resistance.
U.S. News & World Report (10/13)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How teachers use Twitter to build community - A great article with suggestions for the use of Twitter in the classroom. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The possibilities for Twitter in education are endless, according to educators in a Nebraska school district, where they use the hashtag #lubdub -- the sound of a heartbeat -- to connect with a broader community. The educators use Twitter to link students with authors and expand professional learning opportunities.
KNOP-TV (North Platte, Neb.Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

A great article that presents ideas to be presented at the White House.  It is an absolute must read regarding computer science literacy!  Courtesy of Mind/Shift.

In high school computer science classrooms, girls and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented. One district in the San Diego area is trying to find a more inclusive path by offering a different kind of computer science class. Art Lopez was one of the first teachers in the country to pilot the new AP Computer Science Principles course and he has worked with district leaders to develop partnerships, train faculty, and recruit students. "We went from teaching zero CS courses five years ago to 42 CS courses throughout our district this year," said Lopez. Learn More
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