Collaborate. Create. Construct. CODE.
There is a new type of literacy. Coding. If you're interested in "Finding the Benefits of Code" for your classroom check out the link. Topher Mueller an educator in the U.S., wrote a great blog entry on "Why We Teach Coding." U.S. based Education Consultant, Grant Smith, writing for the fantastic website, Edutopia.org has a fantastic piece titled "3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher."
These iOS (and one Android) apps are free of charge and work on many skills associated with computer programming. They all look at the following and more: programming/reading literacies, problem solving skills (debugging), "If this then that" (IFTTT) analysis, and Mathematics.
Starting Early - Ages 5 - 10+
Doing More w/ Code
Hardware (the physical stuff you can interact with)
Sphero - http://www.sphero.com/ - Sphero can be coded with the Tickle app and also the Sphere apps! Really fun.
Dash & Dot - https://www.makewonder.com/ - Download the Tickle (iOS) app and you’ll be able to code and program the Dash & Dot robot.
Arduino - https://www.arduino.cc/ - Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Get started with Arduino right here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/HomePage
Raspberry Pi - https://www.raspberrypi.org/ - The Credit Card sized computer. Learn Scratch, Python and play Minecraft. Check out my Minecraft Pi resources here!
SparkFun - https://www.sparkfun.com/ - Need to start your electronics and hardware obsession. It starts here.
Adafruit - https://www.adafruit.com/ - Electronics, LEDs, Wearables & more!
The Power of Robotics
Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom- Julia L. Dweck - on bridging hands on engineering with robotics and coding together.
Coding at BHS
At Bettendorf High School, we offer Robotics, Coding & Gaming, as well as a Tech Internship class offered through the Business Department. All of these classes will either give you a taste of coding and computer science, or will help you advance your abilities to achieve greater understanding and know-how.
What can you do with this? Design websites, build apps, create games, engineer robots, construct circuits and more!
Jobs of the future:
No iPad? No iPhone? No Android? But a Windows/Mac Computer? Try THIS!
Code.org Overview from Code on YouTube.
Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on YouTube.
Scratch is a project from MIT.
I highly recommends checking out their website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
While there is no iOS application quite yet, Scratch requires a Windows/Mac/Linux computer with a web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) and Adobe Flash. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
Hello Ruby, Help Us Code!
These links below are from the fantastic Hello Ruby Blog.
For the beginner
For the risk takers
Books and stories
Curriculum and community