Author: Bob Hand
At the beginning of this year, President Obama began an initiative called “Computer Science for All” to empower students around the nation with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to reflect: how has the American educational system changed to incorporate computer science into the curriculum? What can teachers do to further this goal? Read the complete post here.
Brainly is a social learning network designed for students to both seek out and provide help to their peers across all subjects and grade levels. It is a completely free resource that can be beneficial for students looking for help as well as students who are interested in helping others in areas they are interested in. It’s a wonderful resource, that provides lots of fun incentives for getting students involved with helping each other. Read the complete review.
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Blog.
Written by Mary Snapp - Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
Today marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This annual initiative mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. Why does computer science education matter?
Right now, fewer than 3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States are in the field of computer science. Yet, computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and are among the top paying fields. Our tech fueled world is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020. Today, there are already more than 604,000 open computing jobs nationwide. However, only 40 percent of schools in the U.S. teach any form of computer science.
WriteReader is a tool for K-5 classrooms that is currently accessible through web browsers and and is designed to help improve reading skills by allowing students to write and publish their own digital books. It’s an excellent program, that is aligned to the CCSS, and that approaches reading instruction in a unique and engaging manner. Plus, you can get started with the basics of the app for free. Read the complete Review.
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to review both of Dremel’s 3D printer offerings for K-12 classrooms. I was able to to test out both the 3D20 and 3D40 Idea Builder printers with my preservice teachers and I was consistently impressed with the quality and ease of use from both of these printers. If you’re in the market for a 3D printer for any K-12 environment, I absolutely recommend considering the 3D20 or the 3D40.
You can find more details and our complete reviews of both printers below.
Flexcat is a new audio system that is designed to help teachers and students working in small group settings in K-12 classrooms. The system includes two-way speakers that you can place on students’ desks as well as a microphone and earpiece for the teacher. The general idea is that the teacher can easily hear what’s going on within each group in the classroom, regardless of where they’re at. Read the complete review here.
pivotEd is a new resource from Capstone publishing company that is designed to be used for reading and literacy activities in 1:1 classrooms. Specifically built for grades 3-6, pivotEd is aligned with CCSS, NGSS, and other standards. The resource is meant to be used to help build collaboration and communication skills for students, and it does an excellent job at achieving that goal. Read the complete review here.
A few months back I had the opportunity to review Dremel’s new 3D20 Idea Builder printer and it turned out to be an excellent product. This month, Dremel sent me their larger 3D40 model to check out. Much like the 3D20, the 3D40 proved to be an excellent tool and survived weeks of constant printing from the preservice teachers I work with.
But beyond that, Dremel continues to show that they have designed their printers with K-12 education in mind. You can read the complete review on our Review's Page.
CommonLit is a completely free literacy resource design for 5th - 12th grade classrooms. The resource is accessible on any internet-enabled device and offers a growing collection of literacy resources, questions, and tools for helping students improve their ELA skills. Overall, CommonLit is incredibly user friendly, and for a free resource, it offers a wealth of possibilities for the classroom. Read the complete review.
Animatron is a free and relatively simple animation creator that you and your students can use to create short videos that can be played back on any device. The tool is a great alternative to creating static presentations, and would work well for upper elementary through high school students. It’s a user-friendly app with lots of flexibility and possibilities. You can read the complete review on our Review's Page.
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