Computer Science (Not Just Coding) Needs a Bigger Role in STEM Education

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Article comes from Vince Bertram via EdTech.

Here is the introduction to Vince’s awesome article stating why Computer Science needs a bigger role in STEM education.

“For more than a decade, educators, business leaders and policymakers have talked about STEM — an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — but a new study suggests that at least one increasingly important field is being left out of STEM education, and it is vital to our nation’s students and economic prosperity.

The Case for Improving U.S. Computer Science Education,” a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a nonprofit science and technology think tank, is compelling.”

Check out the article to learn more!

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Educators, Tech Industry Leaders Collaborate to Develop K-12 Computer Science Framework

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Article comes Antoinette Siu via Edsurge.

“Business and government leaders, including President Barack Obama, have been drawing attention — and investments — to support computer science education. Now a coalition of industry and education organizations have created guidelines to help educators teach the discipline.

Announced Oct. 17, the initiative aims to guide educators, states and districts in teaching the concepts and practices around computer science thinking. The authors also hope the effort can help policymakers and district leaders shape decisions in computer science education.”

Check out the article to read more!

 

 

4 Simple Ideas to Use Technology to Engage Students

Last week I posted about a podcast with suggestions to getting started with technology in the classroom.  Here is another resource from Rachelle Dene Poth via Teach Thought.

Here are her 4 ideas:

  • Use infographics to create an engaging syllabus
  • Create Interactive Lessons
  • Student Created Lessons
  • Use engaging digital quizzes and tools

New Apple Program ‘Everyone Can Code’

This article comes via EdSurge and is written by Mary Jo Madda.  Coding is becoming more and more popular and Apple has decided to jump in!

“CEO Tim Cook announced on September 7 that 114 ConnectED schools will start programming this fall. According to Cook, Apple has also provided a Mac and an iPad to 4,500 teachers, while also putting an Apple TV in every ConnectED classroom and distributing 50,000 iPads for students.”

For more information you can check out the “Everyone Can Code” initiative and follow how they are working with ConnectED.

Also check out an older article that I cited for additional information on Coding.  I love the coding initiatives!!  It exposes children to technology but also teaching them the fundamentals of problem solving and patience while learning valuable informaiton.

Arts Education Needs Protected!

This article comes from Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers blog called Leadership 360.  Clara Lieu does a wonderful job explaining the significance of including Arts in your curriculum and I think makes the case a slam dunk as to why Arts Education should be protected!

“Art education provides a vitally important sandbox for learning in unconventional ways that is essential to education.” – Clara Lieu

Looking to be inspired today? Then this is a must read.  Clara discusses how she found the arts, landed teaching Art in college, and now volunteers her time working with students exploring if art is for them.  Her story is captivating and inspiring and as a former teacher, it is stories like this that keep my fire for education a live.

Visual arts are designed to allow for experimentation, allow for trial and error, patience, and dedication to your work.  These are qualities that ALL of us need to attain at some point in our educational career to be well-rounded individuals.  I am not sure that this is always gained from traditional education.

I think back to my time in Art class and I always loved it because I had great teachers who respected us, our creativity, and allowed us to experiment.  They did not grade us on if our work would sell at an art gallery but rather on our creativity, effort, and they always made it fun!  I hope yours was the same but I am sure that several of you did not have the same experience.  You might have had similar experiences to what Clara describes in her article.

Cheers to Clara for writing her piece and good luck with continuing to inspire young artists and making an impact!

Coding – Why it’s Popular

As someone who does not his this in my arsenal, I wish that I did.  I have read several other articles that discuss the power of coding.  Not that I need to know how to do it so that I can create new software but because it teaches you other skills: patience, logic, problem solving, etc.

You can read about why coding is becoming more popular, here, on the Blog for The Center of Digital Education.  Kecia Ray does a nice job introducing the topic and summarizes its importance.

Interested in Coding Curriculum?  Check out these sites…

CODE.org

Coding in Elementary School

CODEhs.com