Monday, February 03, 2014

Interesting Links 3 February 2014

Starting the second week of a new semester today. Last week was interesting. It was a major adjustment because with a new group of students I had to reset my expectations. I had to transition from a group of students who had been learning things for months to a group that was hearing things for the first time. It harder than some might think. All in all I seem to have spent less time online this past week so only a couple of things to share. Some good ones though.

I’m taking a look at this Microsoft Excel Lesson Plan: The Olympics for possible use in some of my classes. I like the idea of something timely that students might be interested in doing.

Congressional App Challenge (on Twitter at  @congapps) started yesterday:app challenge logo2

Modeled after the Congressional Art Competition, the House Student App Challenge promotes Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by recognizing and incentivizing our nation’s young programming talent.

The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students in participating districts. The inaugural App Challenge will run from February 1 to April 30, 2014.

How I teach programming to 7-11 year olds using Scratch was written by Phil Bagge in the UK, Something for people teaching younger students. Phil is on Twitter at @Baggiepr

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