4 Fresh Approaches to Coding in The Classroom

I’ll admit I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on coding tools. Coding is one of the most crowded categories in edtech. And while there are a ton of great tools for students of any ability level, many of these tools have hit on the same winning formula.

So does that mean coding is over? Not quite yet. In fact, the coding genre of edtech seems to be evolving.

One of the bright spots at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference has been how many developers are not just iterating on the tried-and-true coding formula but exploring new frontiers that offer students new ways to learn — from VR and hardware hacking to monthly subscription boxes to courses and curriculum that blend technical skills with “soft” skills.…Read More

In the marketplace: An NBA math program, coding tools, and a new literacy initiative

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Discovery Education launched a new multi-year partnership that will deepen middle and high school students’ engagement in mathematics nationwide. In this new collaboration, which harnesses students’ interest in professional basketball to help teach important mathematics concepts, interactive math problems derived from NBA and WNBA game footage and statistics such as points, rebounds, assists and more, have been integrated into Discovery Education’s Math Techbook™. Read more.…Read More

12 free coding tools and apps

These coding programs and apps help students develop programming skills–and they’re free

Coding1Educators and stakeholders agree that computer science skills are some of the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and encouraging students’ interest in coding and computer programming in early grades can help foster interest in computer science as students enter college.

Some of the following resources or apps are designed for older students, and others are aimed at children and beginning coders.

Do you have a favorite coding tool or resource? Let us know by leaving a comment in the comments section below.…Read More