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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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Managing Multiple Users in Chrome

Managing Multiple Chrome Users

Juggling Multiple Google Accounts Like most people, I have multiple Google accounts which can get confusing.  The best way to keep home and work accounts separate is to use the “Add Person” feature which is found in the Chrome Menu under “Settings”. It’s important to distinguish this method of toggling users from the often used, but not recommended “Add Account” ...

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Preparing Kids for Computer-Based Testing

Preparing kids for computer based testing

Skills Needed for Computer-Based Testing How can teachers best prepare students for new generation, computer-based assessments like SBAC and PARCC? Use engaging, free web tools to ready your kids for novel test items. Allow kids to practice working with drag and drop items, highlighting text, and typing proficiently. Below are the skills and free web tools to help kids gain ...

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Welcoming Winter with Engaging Ed Tech Activities

This time of year filled when kids and teachers are feeling cooped up, having engaging activities that allow students to be creative while using technology can be a welcome addition to any classroom. Here are some fun options that don’t require much in the way of preparation and can easily become inspiration for a student writing.   Create a Snowflake Make-a-Flake (Gr3+): ...

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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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