Monday, June 13, 2016

Interesting Links 13 June 2016

School is out for the summer! Well it is for me as of noon today. Teacher wrap up but my grades are in and my room is cleaned up for the summer. Looking forward to some time off mixed in with a bunch of summer professional development. Hope you are ready for the same. Here are a few links that may help with the PD.

I added the Mirobot to my list of robots for learning to program. It’s a kit that is Arduino compatible. Looks interesting.

I added Thunkable to my list of block programming tools. It’s based on AppInventor but they are working on supporting iOS which would be cool.

Do you teach Lego Mindstorms EV3? Take it to the next level! Small Basic has the tools for it.

Looking for some summer learning? 6 Summer Reads That Will Teach You—and Your Students—How to Code via @EdSurge

Don’t forget that the Final Review of the K-12 CS Framework is Now Open

Microsoft is giving Minecraft to schools for free -- here's why via @CNNMoney

K-12 Computer Science Education: U.S. State Reports from Google They looked at 11 states and found some interesting things out.

The programming guild doesn't want you to learn to code by Mark Guzdial. I think he is right and that there is a lot of fear behind the resistance of some software people to see CS expanding in schools. 

On a related note is Coding snobs are not helping our children prepare for the future

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