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Teaching Physics with Sphero Robots

Guest Blogger: Special thanks to Adam Stahl for the following guest post in which he shares his experience incorporating Sphero robots into his middle school physics unit. Re-Imagining Physics Labs with Sphero Robots Teaching 8th grade science students about motion using Sphero SPRK+ robots added excitement, not to mention a serious infusion of coding to an otherwise ordinary physics lesson. ...

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Showing the Sun’s Pattern with Scratch Jr.

Showing the Sun's Pattern with Scratch Jr. Block based programming for kids

Integrating Scratch Jr. into our Science Unit Grade 1 students studying patterns in the sky demonstrated their understanding of how the sun appears to move throughout the day using Scratch Jr. This simple project was a great introduction to Scratch Jr. that aligned with our science curriculum and allowed students to demonstrate their learning in a novel way. The idea ...

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Ozobots: BIG Learning with Tiny Robots

Exploring Coding with Ozobots I’m completely sold on the idea that kids should be coding in schools. Learning how to program isn’t about mastering computer science; it’s about breaking down problems and empowering kids to create something of their own design from scratch. Coding is both a new literacy skill and a novel form of creative expression. There are many ...

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Cashing in on Hour of Code Momentum

Cashing in on Hour of Code Momemtum Teaching Forward Blog Post Header

Reflecting on Hour of Code Last week, students in classrooms across the globe celebrated Computer Science Education week by participating in the Hour of Code. My home district of Lynnfield, MA was no exception. Students from our AP Computer Science class came down to the elementary schools and guided students as they kids worked in pairs through coding activities from code.org. For teachers looking to ...

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Interactive Exhibits with Makey Makey & Scratch

Scratch & Makey Makey

Re-imagine Poster Projects as Interactive Exhibits with Scratch & Makey Makey Looking for ways to incorporate coding into just about any subject area? Re-imagine student poster projects as interactive exhibits by combining the digital storytelling power of Scratch, a kid-friendly, block-based programming language with Makey Makey, an invention kit that connects everyday objects to computer programs! In the specific example shared ...

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