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3 ways to tell stories with robots

E-School News – Amanda Puerto Thorne

“Though coding and robotics is new to almost all of the students coming into my workshops and classes, storytelling is something they’re familiar with. As the manager of educational programs for KID Museum in Maryland, I use narrative to help teach young students how to code and program robots. Introducing programming concepts using storylines and characters flips the mindset around robotics and technology from consuming to creating.” (more)

Coding is not just for math class

Smart Brief – Nicholas Provenzano

“Not every student wants to be a programming expert or will master every STEM skill. But, that’s not why I incorporate coding into the classroom. There’s much more to coding than science, numbers and intense computing workshops. Coding is an introduction to using creativity as a means to problem-solve, an entry to future careers and a language of its own. And, to the surprise of many, coding can be applied in any classroom environment.” (more)

In 2018, 44 states hold computer science education policies, new study finds

State Scoop – Colin Wood

“In 2013, just 14 states and Washington D.C. had one or more computer science education policy in place. In 2018, that figure has risen to 44 states. That’s a key finding of a report published this week by, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on increasing availability of computer science education, particularly for underrepresented groups, such as female, black and Hispanic students.” (more)

How Makerspaces in Schools Help Students Learn to Code

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“Computer science has taken a priority slot for K–12 teachers, as experts forecast a majority of jobs will incorporate some kind of coding skills or computational thinking by as early as 2020. One way that schools are engaging students is by introducing coding activities in makerspaces, where students can use the creative culture to start establishing the building blocks of computational thinking.” (more)

20 ideas for teaching coding in math, science, social studies, and ELA

E-School News – Tammy Panckey

“You might think coding is a novel trend that doesn’t have other applications beyond programming, but coding offers many connections to multiple subjects, with the added benefit of reinforcing essential 21st-century skills. In coding, students use computational thinking and critical thinking to solve problems. This involves mastering the skill of perseverance, as they must be willing to fail, troubleshoot, and try again in order to have the code execute what was intended. Through this process, students are recognizing errors and determining how to fix them.” (more)

When Students Design Their Own Games They Learn Way More Than Coding

Ed Surge – Mike Washburn

“Last year, my eighth-grade student Nathan made a game that was banned from Scratch. If I stopped there that would sound bad of course, but hear me out. It wasn’t bad; in fact it was amazing. He wanted to make a jump scare game—and boy did he succeed. If you aren’t familiar with the genre, think of that moment in a movie when it’s dark, and the ominous music is playing, and it is eerily quiet… then BAM! The scary guy in a mask jumps out and your popcorn goes all over the place. That’s a jump scare. This game ended up being so good, people were screaming when they got scared, kids were crying, it was a mess. It was too scary. I don’t think I had ever been prouder.” (more)