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why necessary to know how to code

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th May 2015

Why People Are Obsessed With Teaching Kids How To Code http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2014/12/05/why-people-are-obsessed-with-teaching-kids-how-to-code Computers and the software they run are not magic. Nor should they be perceived as such. Learning to code is not valuable because everyone needs to program computers, but because such an integral part of modern life needs to be understood at a basic, comprehensible […]

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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 […]

Posted in collaboration and creativity, Digital literacy, HTML, technology literacy, web editing | 1 Comment »

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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