December 9th-15th is Canada Learning Code Week. It’s a week focused on introducing basic coding skills and digital literacy that includes building, not only consuming, technology. If you haven’t taught coding before, there’s support available. Canada Learning Code has designed free lesson plans for first-time coding educators, including: Learn Like A Computer! (unplugged, all experience… Read more
TED-Ed has launched a 10 part series, Think Like a Coder. Solve a series of programming puzzles to help Ethic and Hedge, her robot companion, save the world. Here’s the first challenge, The Prison Break, and its accompanying lesson.
Want to learn more about resources and strategies for facilitating coding and computational thinking activities? Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, is a good place to look. The Ready to Code Collection was created with the collaboration of staff from 30 libraries that curated resources, developed content… Read more
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It’s now a world-wide event that takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week (this week!). You’re invited to organize… Read more
December 3rd to 10th is Canada Learning Code Week. It’s a week dedicated to learning how to code. Why learn this digital skill? Canada Learning Code believes that all teachers can teach coding. And, to help you get started, they’ve produced Teachers Learning Code Digital Toolbox: Quick Start Guide, a guidebook for K-12 teachers with… Read more
Last week, we took a quick look at young children and coding. This week, what about families and coding? How do parents help children interested in coding if they aren’t comfortable with it themselves? And, what can be done if those parents are English language learners? To address some of the barriers, researchers created a… Read more
As the STEM Starts Early report indicated, children are born scientists. With adult support they can develop their natural science, technology, engineering and math capacities from an early age. But, adults may not feel confident in supporting children’s STEM learning. But, as 4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning tells us: The good… Read more
Want to learn to code with your family? Code.org has a variety of tutorials for all age groups beginning with children as young as four years of age. The lessons are free and while some are about an hour, there are 20 hour courses for more in-depth learning. There are tutorials for beginners, tutorials that… Read more