Book Review | No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum (2nd Edition) by Heidi Williams
One of my favorite books and resources is now available in a newly updated and revised 2nd edition! No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum is an exceptional resource written by Heidi Williams (who also happens to be my colleague). The 2nd edition has been expanded to include new and updated resources and activities, so even if you’re familiar with the first edition, this is a great time to revisit the book.
Book Review | Ethics in a Digital World: Guiding Students Through Society’s Biggest Questions by Dr. Kristen Mattson
Ethics in a Digital World by Dr. Kristen Mattson explores incredibly important ideas surrounding the non-neutrality of technology and how grades 6-12 educators can better support the development of digital citizens who are equipped to navigate ethical questions at the intersection of technology and humanity. Personally, I believe this book (and these topics) should be a must-read for all 6-12 (and K-12) teachers and technology leaders.
Technology impacts nearly every aspect of our daily lives, and building a foundational understanding of that impact is of critical importance in modern education.
Book Review | Distance Learning for Elementary STEM: Creative Projects for Teachers and Families by Amanda Thomas
Distance Learning for Elementary STEM is a timely and accessible new book that explores a wide variety of beneficial ways to integrate K-5 STEM activities into distance and online learning. Thomas does an excellent job writing this book from a perspective that supports both teachers and parents, and pulls in beneficial examples that can be done with limited to no budget, at home or in a classroom.
Book Review | Coding and the Arts: Connecting CS to Drawing, Music, Animation and More by Josh Caldwell
Coding and the Arts by Josh Caldwell is an excellent new release that explores a wide range of integration possibilities for bringing coding, computer science (CS), and computational thinking (CT) into the arts. This book is written for K-12 teachers and technology leaders at all grade and experience levels, from those who have worked with these ideas before, to those who are brand new to thinking about coding and computer science.
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