How do you teach game design in a middle school setting? According to Steve Isaacs, who teaches at the William Annin Middle School in New Jersey, just 45 minutes west of New York City, it looks a bit like this:
EduConnect is a cross-company initiative comprised of a team of Microsoft UK interns from all over the business, under the tutelage of Craig Parker, the Microsoft UK Education Partner Lead. Together, they share a collective desire to empower children to get into coding and STEM. One key focus of the EduConnect team is to train other Microsoft employees so that they can run sessions in their local schools that include coding activities, micro:bit projects and STEM initiatives. The team also visit schools themselves, running activities on-site, recently marked Ada Lovelace day by putting on events and activities throughout October, engaging over 300 children.… Visit the author's original post
Girls Make Games is an organisation aimed at encouraging girls involvement in coding, game design and STEM. They hold a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams and in 2016 ran their first Australian event in Melbourne. Founder and CEO Laila Shabir spoke about her inspiration behind launching Girls Make Games.
If the idea of sending something into space on a rocket to the International Space Station seems like a far-out concept, you’d probably not be alone in your thinking.
However, two people passionate about space, science and technology have made this reality for over 1000 Australian high school students. In 2016, Solange Cunin and Sebastian Chaoui launched the Cuberider learning program with the aim of turning STEM into an exciting, creative and highly collaborative exercise. The program gives young students practice in the highly sought-after skills they’ll need for their future careers, such as coding, data analysis and critical thinking.… Visit the author's original post
Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using the BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration between Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council.… Visit the author's original post
“It seems that a score on a test determines the current educational measure of success. I have had students in my class crying because they feel so much pressure to meet a certain standard (even on pre-tests). I realized that these scores have the potential to cause students to define themselves according to their score.… Visit the author's original post
There is no doubt that PBL (Problem or Project Based Learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe. There are many schools in Australia that have realised that they need to do something quickly to enable their students to have the skills and dispositions to survive and thrive when they leave their stretch of education.
I remember getting my first bike for Christmas in 1982. It was an amazing red bike, with cool handle-bar grips and a bright shiny logo on the frame. It took me months to learn how to ride it and Christmas seemed to last forever. Learning was hard, the bruises were many but the reward was independence. I also remember Father Christmas (my dad) spending ages setting up Scalextric so when I got up in the morning it was ready to go!… Visit the author's original post
Millions of students worldwide are in the process of discovering the possibilities of instructing machines to accomplish tasks. Whether completing the Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, or watching a Pixar In a Box episode on Khan Academy, the spirit of discovery, experimentation and the art of Computer Science is celebrated while students build core 21st century software engineering skills.
This month, the Education Workshop has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences and KQED to combine coding with mechanical engineering and data science to empower students to use computational thinking to experience how engineers and computer scientists are working together to mitigate the impact of earthquakes.… Visit the author's original post
Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code!
Promoting STEM in the classroom
Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world offers and the ability for them to succeed in it.
Register your school for Free rocket Car Kits and take part in this awesome competition to design and build the fastest model rocket car in the UK!
Inspired by the rules governing the World Land Speed Record attempt that the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is targeting, the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates with a BBC micro:bit accelerometer on board gathering vital data that enables the Teams to modify and improve their designs.
By Pip Cleaves, head teacher, learning innovation, at Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt Campus
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus works hard at being future focused by experimenting with new ways to learn that encourage students to dream big. So when we heard we would meet Satya Nadella at the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, plenty of them said they were keen to show him what they’ve achieved. We asked students to showcase their ideas so we could decide on two groups to take to the store.… Visit the author's original post
So, you’re wanting to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you just want to know what the fuss around computer science is about? Or is it that you know you need to help your students figure out programming? Here are some ways to get started.
1. Hour of Code
Hour of Code is exactly what it sounds like and is a perfect “first time” introduction to what goes into coding. With a super simple block-based approach, you’ll go through a series of lessons that show you the basics of programming, all in under an hour.… Visit the author's original post
Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.
In Part 3, we will address examples of coding elaborations in the Australian Curriculum, to show practical examples of how teachers can address these elaborations. Click on the following links for part one and part two both also written by Matthew Jorgensen, Teacher Ambassador in the Microsoft Australia education team.
Part 3 – That’s great, but what now?
In 2015, federal and state political leaders from both sides of politics made one thing loud and clear in a show of true bi-partisan support.… Visit the author's original post
In part 2 of this series, Matthew Jorgensen presents some of visual programming tools for anyone wondering how to I start teaching coding for beginners. All tools and resources presented below are easy for teachers to master and always engaging for students...(read more)… Visit the author's original post
In part 2 of this series, Matthew Jorgensen presents some of visual programming tools for anyone wondering how to I start teaching coding for beginners. All tools and resources presented below are easy for teachers to master and always engaging for students. The list of resources and tools below are by no means complete but a great place to start for teaching coding for beginners and developing a plan for various resources as students (and teachers) coding skills progress. For part 1 and the introduction, go here.… Visit the author's original post
In this 3 part series, Matthew Jorgensen will present some reasons for everyday teachers to start delivering ‘coding’ in the teaching and learning process. Then, he will demonstrate a number of visual programming tools that are mostly free...(read more)… Visit the author's original post
In this 3 part series, Matthew Jorgensen will present some reasons for everyday teachers to start delivering ‘coding’ in the teaching and learning process. Then, he will demonstrate a number of visual programming tools that are mostly free, easy for teachers to master and always engaging for students. Finally, he will address examples of coding elaborations in the Australian Curriculum, to show practical examples of how classroom teachers can address these elaborations.
Part 1 – The Educational Imperative to Teach Students to ‘Code’
“I hope for sure that it becomes a worldwide phenomena – where the product, but more importantly the ingenuity that I saw today in the kids that I met today, is the thing that I think will become worldwide in terms of really inspiring every kid to get out there and learn coding and to express themselves in ways that are so, so creative”
Joining Satya was the BBC's Director General, Lord Tony Hall, and as well as impressing both with their computational thinking and programming, the students at Eastlea turned their hand to broadcast journalism by creating the following video as part of the BBC News School Report:
But the fun didn't end there for the students, as later that day they travelled to Future Decoded where they took up residence of the Microsoft in Education stand to demonstrate to the other attendees how they had used TouchDevelop to program their BBC micro:bits to be able to do all sorts of innovative and wonderful things.… Visit the author's original post
The last day of school was Friday, June 25. I was on my way to Philadelphia at 6am Saturday morning. So my head was already spinning before I even got there. ISTE is the major educational technology trade show that everyone talks about all year, and this was my first trip there. Microsoft paid for my hotel and travel expenses because I became certified in Microsoft Education, which was very cool. My head continued to spin for the next three days.… Visit the author's original post
This guest post comes from Miss Briony Marks who has guest posted here before with her work in maths. Today it is her story of working with Year 7 students in our Preparatory School, introducing them to the basics of coding. … Continue reading →… Visit the author's original post
Our world is surrounded by technology. Information, commerce and communication and entertainment all rely on computers. However, only a tiny fraction of Australian students learn the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps or websites...(read more)… Visit the author's original post
Interest in computer science amongst incoming college freshmen is surging to record levels. That’s promising news given the widely-reported shortfall of code-literate graduates to fill computing jobs, with an projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020. Now academic institutions face a time-sensitive resource gap: responding to student demand for computer science curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill the demand for future jobs.
Bring Computer Science to your Classroom
To help meet demand at your school, Microsoft IT Academy has expanded its Computer Science curriculum with engaging and flexible learning tools that guide any student from foundational computer science concepts to advanced programming.… Visit the author's original post
I am a reader, a writer and an elementary school librarian. What I am not is a computer programmer or coder, or so I thought until recently. This fall when the wave of publicity increased about the Hour of Code, and National Computer Science week, I dismissed it. I simply didn’t think coding was anything I needed to teach during my library lessons, especially in elementary school. I have so much to teach in my weekly lessons already, why should I add more to my plate?… Visit the author's original post
Excitedly showcasing an Hour of Code activity for my grade level teachers, I was speeding through how one could easily project the website onto the classroom screen and model for students how to snap blocks of code in place, programming the Angry Bird’s journey through the maze to capture the Green Pig.
When I looked up from my screen, expecting to see looks of amazement on their faces, I saw one of my colleague’s eyes glazing over.… Visit the author's original post
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