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5 ways to teach coding without using screens

E-School News – Filippo Yacob

“A few years ago, computer programming for kids was a niche subject that only children of select parents were exposed to. Fast-forward to today, where coding for kids has embedded itself into many mainstream education curriculums around the world. Even though the popularity of teaching kids to code has increased, there are still concerns with screen time for young children. But what if there were a way to teach kids to code without screens? In fact, there are several ways to teach children the concept of computer programming that do not involve a computer, an iPad, or even a smartphone.” (more)

6 helpful videos for coding, STEM, and more

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Videos have many benefits in the classroom; if they’re engaging, informative, and inspiring, they can appeal to students of different learning styles. They’re also valuable tools for educators who wish to access on-demand resources for students, who want to learn more new instructional strategies, or who want to expand their professional learning.” (more)

Want to start a coding program? These 8 tips can help

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Interest in K-12 coding and computer programming has increased tenfold in recent years, due in part to the nation’s need for highly-qualified computer programming graduates to fill jobs that sit empty. But there’s a disconnect between students’ interest, advocacy for coding education, and what schools actually offer. Ninety percent of parents want their child to study computer science, but only 40 percent of schools teach computer programming, according to Code.org.” (more)

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

E-School News – Sheryl Sokoler

“According to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” We live in a digital age in which computers are everywhere and have become an essential part of our lives. Every student should have access to technology, whether it be computers, smartphones, or tablets because almost everything we do requires some form of programming.” (more)

Computer Science for All (Starting in Kindergarten)

Edutopia – Stephen Merrill

“Back in 2012, the idea for Code.org was just a glimmer in Hadi Partovi’s eye. He was already a successful entrepreneur—Partovi was part of the founding team that sold voice recognition pioneer Tellme Networks to Microsoft in 2007—but he was looking for something more meaningful as his next step. “Starting another start-up to make money wasn’t motivating to me,” explained Partovi in an interview on Recode, before adding that the death of Steve Jobs had him thinking about his own mortality: “Steve Jobs was 12 or 13 years older than me, and I thought ‘If I die in 13 years, what will I look back on?’” By way of an answer, Partovi launched the nonprofit Code.org with his twin brother, Ali, in 2013.” (more)

Innovative education programs key to future job markets, experts say

The Toronto Star – Brandie Weikle

“There’s a lot of teeth gnashing these days about how our kids aren’t going to be equipped for the workforce of the future. Should they all learn to code? Should they get a jump-start on the entrepreneurial life with lemonade stands and dog walking? The world of work is changing and schools have an important role to play in preparing our kids for a future that we can’t really even fully comprehend. But a growing chorus of experts says most schools aren’t adapting their teaching methods quickly enough to turn out the kind of workers we need.” (more)