You might think that teaching a high school programming course in which students are asked to code simple games and interactive websites would be motivating and exciting, but there are unforeseen elements of dealing with the teenage brain and the influences on their lives that seem to creep into the most well-designed plans. Students come to class with various types of anxiety, fears, and coping issues from daily stresses. They are also distracted with social media and the availability of instant information at their fingertips. As teachers, how do we keep them engaged and focused on their learning with the...

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  • About the Author:

    Dianne Pappafotopoulos is a certified instructional technology specialist/teacher and certified Google Educator at Dover Sherborn (MA) Public Schools, where she teaches technology courses and assists faculty and staff to integrate technology into the curriculum. With a masters in education and a combination of teaching, business, and technology experience, Pappafotopoulos is well versed in the types of resources and pedagogy that work well in the classroom to engage students and enable teachers to feel confident with technology-rich lessons.