#KidsCanCode Chat: How Can I Integrate Coding with Math?

We need to change the way we teach math to include computer science and coding
In this week’s edition of #KidsCanCode chat, we discussed the ways that we can integrate coding with math! We covered what math concepts overlap with computer science, shared our favorite programming/math combo projects, and gave our best suggestions to others based on what we have learned from our own experiences.
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#KidsCanCode Chat: Learning to Code Alongside My Students

Learning to Code with your students
We are teaching our students to code, but how can we simultaneously pick up some programming knowledge ourselves? This week, we discussed the best ways to learn the coding concepts we are teaching, both inside and outside the classroom.
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This Week in #KidsCanCode: Aligning Coding with the Common Core

Aligning programming and technology with common core standards

“I want to introduce technology and coding to my lesson plans, but I am not quite sure how to align this with the Common Core State Standards?”

This is a common question for many teachers, and often half the battle is finding the right resources to make this possible.  In last night’s #KidsCanCode chat, we discussed a number of resources to help guide teachers to properly aligning their curriculum with the Common Core.  Here are some of the resources we came across:

Assembled by Ben Rimes, this is an enormously valuable resource that not only has gleaned every standard related to technology from the CCSS, but is meticulously organized and easy-to-follow.  The sections are delineated by standards, starting with ELA and proceeding to Math.  Each section is then broken down by grade level, similar to the actual standards themselves, but presenting much less information to process.

For those interested in just the ELA Standards, this is another resource that I recommend checking out that was put together by Tara Linney (@TechTeacherT).  Again, pulled directly from the Common Core State Standards, sections are separated by grade level, making for easy reading and unnecessary to skim through the entire original document itself.

Ever need something to send to parents?  This might be a resource worth checking out.  The Standards are broken down in this parent-friendly version for all of K-8 with a separate Middle School & High School Section.  There is also a section that answers a common question (pun intended), “What is the Common Core?” for parents.  This site also has sample/practice test questions, and other valuable CCSS related materials.

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Common Core State Standards

Finally, these Computer Science standards/recommendations are an invaluable resource for setting up any curriculum or lesson plan.  A must read for those beginning to teach their students programming.

Many curriculum tools have already aligned their products to the CCSS for you.  As for Kodable, we have all these standards mapped out and available along with other materials on our Resources Page.  We also provide an abbreviated CCSS document specifically for parents or for easier reference.  Before you do all the work, be sure to do some research or simply ask if these resources are already available.

If you are looking for more resources relating to technology/coding and the Common Core, be sure to check out the #CCSSchat website.  And as always the original Common Core Standards can be found on CoreStandards.org.

#KidsCanCode Chat: Where Does Coding Meet the Common Core?

Teaching programming while meeting common core standards
In this week’s #KidsCanCode chat we discussed how we can align our coding lesson plans and use of classroom technology with the Common Core State Standards.

#KidsCanCode Chat: Debugging the Gender Gap

Code Documentary: Debugging the Gender Gap

In this week’s edition of #KidsCanCode we teamed up with @CODEfilm to discuss the ways we can debug the gender gap and help girls overcome the cultural barriers they face in CS and STEM fields.  We also chatted about the likelihood of a future Disney Princess Coding Movie. 🙂

Be sure to check out the documentary teaser:

#KidsCanCode Chat: Debugging My Coding Lesson Plan

KidsCanCode: Debugging my coding lesson plan
What did we talk about in this week’s #KidsCanCode chat? Well, we discussed our greatest success/failures from last year’s coding lesson plans, outlined what we learned, and set goals for the changes we plan on making going into the new school year! 🙂

#KidsCanCode News: Using Classroom Tech Effectively

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A BYOT plan can be challenging.  However, Michael Mills outlines some essential ideas for successfully using the power of technology for learning, regardless of your school’s budget. (via MindShift)

Kids using the ipad using a BYOD plan

 

Instead of traditional activities at camp this summer, these young Girl Scouts designed and constructed a cabin for their entire staff. (via CBS13 Sacramento)

 

Sam Patterson has never met a teacher who began teaching because of what they didn’t know.  Experienced in English, rhetoric, and poetry, Sam is now a K-5 technology teacher that encourages us to put aside our fears, and reframe technology as a medium. (via My Paperless Classroom)

2 myths about programming in primary 

Offering “pay what you want” enrollment and utilizing a BYOT plan, Digital Harbor has been able to offer young students the opportunity to become active producers of technology this summer. (via Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

This year, Great Britain begins its mandatory programming curriculum.  What does this mean for coding in the United States?  Christopher Mims explores how established and available online curriculums can effectively serve both teachers and students. (via Wall Street Journal: Digits)

girlswhocode is a program that steers high schoolers towards programming

 

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Kodable Webinar: How Do I Use My Teacher Account?

Did you miss the Kodable Webinar and still want to learn more about how to use and manage a Teacher Account?  Watch our instructional webinar here!  During this session we cover:

  • Creating an account
  • Creating classes
  • Adding students
  • Managing levels
  • Tracking student progress
  • Utilizing Kodable Learning Guides

We also update you on Kodable’s latest features, as well as those that are coming soon.  Check it out! 🙂

How did we do?  Share your feedback with us below!

Would you like us to organize a webinar around a specific topic?  Feel free to comment with suggestions!

#KidsCanCode Chat: Teach Programming Like the Hobbit

Utilize your strengths when teaching code
Couldn’t make this week’s #KidsCanCode chat?  Catch up on what you missed as we discussed everything from collaborative programming to STEAM to Spy Robots!

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#KidsCanCode News: Students & STEM

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After a bad perm that left her with thinning hair at the age of 11, Jasmine created her own successful line of all-natural hair products, and has discovered a love of computer science and robotics.  (via Huffington Post)

There are many obstacles facing students and teachers striving for programming education.  Read how these students and teachers are refusing to wait for systematic changes, and are moving towards grassroots development.  (via San Jose Mercury News)

As computer science becomes more available and prevalent to students, both kids and their parents are seeing programming as a beneficial skill and talent, as well as an excellent career option.  (via Los Angeles Times)

After participating in the Engineering Fair, Amber Barron realized that the best way for her to help her fellow students through the same process was to develop her own curriculum.  (via Huffington Post & KUTV2 News)

Ever wonder how Lean Startup methods can be applied to education?  Steve Blank outlines how this is not only possible, but necessary.  (via Huffington Post)

Lean Startup and Education

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