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coding w MineCraft

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th March 2015

How Kids Are Learning to Code While Playing Minecraft http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/how-kids-are-learning-to-code-while-playing-minecraft/ New MineCraft Mod Teaches you Code as You Play http://www.wired.com/2014/08/learntomod/  

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education reform Finland

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th March 2015

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-are-out-and-topics-are-in-as-country-reforms-its-education-system-10123911.html Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/ Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are […]

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Code and Program

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014

Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Coding and Programming http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/ten-resources-for-helping-students.html Please consider previous IMS blog posts on the topic: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=coding http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=programming Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ Snap! The MIT App Inventor App Inventor 2 support documentation and curriculum Click here to read about a great app developed by students using the MIT App Inventor. Google Blockly’s Crunchzilla Code Monster […]

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How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning http://www.edudemic.com/coding-into-project-based-learning/ PBL Tenet #1: Create Real World Connections Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website PBL Tenet #2: Foster Critical Thinking Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps PBL Tenet #3: Structured Collaboration Coding application: Coding creates […]

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Technology – “Programming and Coding week” Week: March 17 – 21

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th March 2014

• Monday Basics of HTML • Tuesday Basics of CSS and/or Java Script • Wednesday Basics of mobile apps programing • Thursday Basics of HTML5 • Friday Basics of XML

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Should Coding be the “New Foreign Language” Requirement?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st November 2013

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/coding-new-foreign-language-requirement-helen-mowers Coding, Cognition and Communication In terms of cognitive advantages, learning a system of signs, symbols and rules used to communicate — that is, language study — improves thinking by challenging the brain to recognize, negotiate meaning and master different language patterns. Coding does the same thing. Students who speak English and Mandarin are better […]

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