Coding and Robots

By Digital Learning | Read more about the best ways to infuse coding and robotics into your classroom curriculum.

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.<p>The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans’ preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn’t, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, …

Education

Study: Middle School Is Key to Girls' Coding Interest

The gender gap in computing jobs has gotten worse in the last 30 years, even as computer science job opportunities expand rapidly, according to new …

From Dabbling to Doing: 6 Tools That Excite Kids About Coding

<b>By Tanner Higgin, Common Sense Education</b>It’s clear coding and computer science have become key priorities in K-12 education. From Code.org’s massive …

Learning

Coding in the Classroom with Swift Playgrounds

The recent release of iOS 10 unlocked a creative coding opportunity for iPad classrooms called Swift Playgrounds. It’s an iPad app that lets you …

Programming

Never Too Young To Code

<b>Kindergartners use Bee-Bots to explore coding and mapping skills at the Cook School</b><p>As with other aspects of tech use in early childhood, deep …

School Libraries

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking?

In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us …

Computer Science

Here are all the crazy-advanced robots built by Google's Boston Dynamics group

Boston Dynamics, a robot group born out of MIT and currently owned by Google, makes absolutely incredible robots.<p>From giant dog robots to ones resembling humans, these are definitely the most advanced robots we've ever seen.<p>Here's Boston Dynamics' wild robots:

Robots

Can Learning To Code Be As Simple As Lego?

Osmo Coding uses simple building blocks to teach kids motor skills and programming logic at the same time.<p>Coding is notoriously abstract, yet consensus increasingly says we need to be teaching it to our kids as early as possible. So how do you teach abstract logic to kids who haven’t even …

The nation's largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap

Sabrina Knight’s second-grade students at a Brooklyn public school receive lessons in coding. Some school districts in the United States are …

Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life

Root is a robot that drives and draws on whiteboards and uses over 50 sensors and actuators to make human-robot coding highly interactive and …

Why my kids will learn to code as a second language

Being a dad of two young boys, I have thought a great deal lately about what the world will look like for them in the future.<p>When they hit high school, and it’s time to choose a second language, given today’s economy, you’d think Mandarin would be a smart choice, or perhaps German. But what if my …

Education

EdTech Tutorial: How To Use The App ‘Cargobot’ To Teach Programming

Cargobot is a free App (on the Appstore) which is excellent for learning how to program. It starts of with tutorials, then simple tasks and moves on …

Coding and Robotics for K-5 with Dash & Dot

• <b>Author:</b> Wonder Workshop<p>Dash & Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K–5. Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, they help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st century skills. This book provides teachers with ideas …

Here’s Why I’m Going To Teach My Math Students To Code

Why teach coding? Simply put, coding can change and impact people’s lives. The effect technology — as a result of computer code — has on this world …

Mathematics

24 Websites to Offer Coding at School

<i>This piece was co-authored with Rachel Paulter, marketer at Chalk.com.</i><p>Computer science (CS) education faces a crisis. The White House calls computer science "an economic and social imperative for the next generation of American students." Yet only 1 in 4 elementary and high schools teach …

Computer Science

Coding education rare in K-12 schools but starting to catch on

Like most high school students, Wells Community Academy junior Darius Taplet doesn't know much about computer programming, a skill that is increasingly seen as a ticket to the good life.<p>But the Chicago teen has one advantage that peers in wealthier school districts don't share: All Wells students, …

Classroom ICT | 5 Coding Apps to Use in Your Classroom

With all the talk about coding being the new idea that should be included into the curriculum, I decided to look into coding apps for iPads. Our …

Hour of Code - Coding Resources for Students of All Ages

Hour of Code – Coding Resources for Students of All Ages<p>December 5-11 is Computer Science Education Week. Introduce your students to computer science …

Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, …

Computer Science

Ozobot in the Classroom (Taking your Classroom to the Next Level)

Makey Makey Math – Coding Probability Simulators #makerED

As I gear up to present student work at ETFO’s ICT Conference in Toronto, I’d like to share some ideas:<p>1. Coding allows for students to learn across …

A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom

In case you haven’t been paying attention, computer science skills are vastly becoming some of the most in-demand skills of the twenty-first century. …

These defiant robots are learning to reject human orders

Robots that we interact with in today’s society are programmed to carry out tasks without deviation. The robots of the future might just be a little more defiant.<p>Researchers at the Tufts University Human-Robot Interaction Lab in Massachusetts are trying something that many-a-science fiction movie …

Robots

Arduino Tutorial - Lesson 3 - Breadboards and LEDs

Introduction<p>You've started modifying sketches, and played a bit with the onboard LED (or if you have an NG, an LED you added). The next step is to …

Five reasons to teach robotics in schools

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this?<p>The …

Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code:Kindergarten<i>Start kindergartners with</i> …

Wolfram Alpha

A Different Approach to Coding

How kids are making and remaking themselves from Scratch<p><b>By Mitchel Resnick & David Siegel</b><p>This week, Code.org will launch the 2015 activities for Hour …

Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education....(read more)

Inspiration

Give Your Kids a Most Excellent Coding Adventure

We all read to our children from a young age and encourage them to write. We do not expect them to become novelists or journalists, but we know these …