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A Coding Hand for Designing Eyes

Greetings All, and welcome to what I hope is the first of many contributory installments for Classroom-Aid. I am typically an animator and visual designer type person, but today I’m going to add yet another chapeau to my already tipping stack of hats and expound on an emerging area of endeavor for me. So journey… Read More ›

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Learning Java by Playing Video Games

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a video game that teaches students how to program in Java by casting spells and saving the world. The game, called CodeSpells, is a first-person, problem-solving adventure game, where the player takes the role of a wizard exploring a fantasy world inhabited by…well, gnomes. In this game, you… Read More ›

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Teaching Kids to Program Using Scratch and the Kinect

Stephen is a computer science lecturer with the Institute of Technology Tallaght, where he lectures on Software Development and Interactive Media Design & Development. He focuses on creative coding and interactive art using technologies such as Processing, openFrameworks, Cinder and OpenGL. He is also the author of Kinect2Scratch : Kinect2Scratch allows data from the Microsoft Kinect… Read More ›

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Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for All

Preparing students for their future in a rapidly changing world.  A video from ISTE, CSTA, and NSF tells you how. (Scooped by Jean-Charles Blondeau onto Education 3.0, that’s where we came across this introductory video) This video points to a computational thinking (CT) resource page on ISTE, the following free resources are provided. The CT Toolkit – You can use resources in… Read More ›

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Learn Coding Like Learning New Languages

Estonia is implementing a new education program that will have 100 percent of publicly educated students learning to write code. Called ProgeTiiger, the new initiative aims to turn children from avid consumers of technology  into developers of technology. So maybe you are like us asking : before our governments have computer programming courses integrated into… Read More ›

The Intersection of Mobile Media and Place-Based Learning

Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) is an open source authoring platform that enables users to create place-based or narrative gaming activities designed for teaching and learning. Augmented reality enhances an indirect or direct view of reality through computer-generated sensory input, as opposed to rendering a “virtual” reality. Using GPS and QR Codes, ARIS players… Read More ›

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Minecraft Pi edition does not require programming to play it but text commands can be used to “place large numbers of blocks in particular patterns to speed up the building process” — which makes it sound like a 3D version of Tetris.

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Founded by Stanford students Zach Galant and Jeremy Keeshin and incubated at StartX and Imagine K12, CodeHS is an online program built for high school students (and teachers) with no previous coding experience that intends to provide an easy and fun way to learn computer science. To help support the early development and pilots, CodeHS… Read More ›

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Free Resources Help Kids (and Educators) Learn to Code Step by Step

Hoping to get students into coding? Enter Codecademy. The New York-based startup, which teaches users how to code through a free, interactive website, is now packaging its popular online lessons into free, bite-sized kits for teachers and librarians to launch their own mini-Codecademies in class or after school. – via The Digital Shift Codecademy is a fun and… Read More ›

50 Places to Learn Coding Online (for Free)

by Angelita Williams, onlinecollegecourses.com If you’re curious about learning a programming language then you’re in luck: there’s no shortage of resources for learning how to code online. University-level courses, tutorials, cheat sheets, and coding communities all offer excellent ways to pick up a new language, and maybe even a new job, too. Read on, and you’ll discover… Read More ›

3 Video Game Building Tools for Kids

Imagine a world where all knowledge is playable. People dream about changing the world but they lack the skills to get their dream jobs. Getting an education is hard and procrastinating by playing games is much more fun. What if gaming became learning? Primer makes games that teach real skills and lead to real career opportunities. –… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).