Beyond an Hour of Code

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This month, classrooms all over Fayette County were part of the largest learning event in history- the Hour of Code! Learning how to code is not easy, but as many teachers saw first hand, it is highly engaging to many Continue reading Beyond an Hour of Code

Pair Programming – A Look at Students Sharing a Computer

Pair Programming in Scratch, University of California, Berkeley

With the Hour of Code approaching during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, it’s a good time to explore Pair Programming and how this style of learning may benefit our students in all academic areas. Benefits appear to include: More Continue reading Pair Programming – A Look at Students Sharing a Computer

Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History

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Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? The largest learning event in history and your students can take part! If the excitement of participating in a global event isn’t enough- you can win some fabulous prizes, too! The Hour of Code is part Continue reading Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History

No Excuses. Just Play. #ScratchDay

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When I stepped into MIT’s Media Lab in Cambridge this past weekend, I had no idea that I would step out with such passion and enthusiasm.  I couldn’t wait to get back to Kentucky to share every detail I soaked Continue reading No Excuses. Just Play. #ScratchDay

Meeting Up- Building Community!

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How do you sustain innovative ideas in a classroom?  As an educator, how can you find answers to questions about new technologies that you are interested in using?  How can you share instructional strategies that you are passionate about with Continue reading Meeting Up- Building Community!

Gaming and Coding – a STEAM Experience

I won’t give you the whole, boring story, but a couple of us at the Office of Instructional Technology were tapped by Tina Stevenson and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy to provide technology-rich experiences for a Continue reading Gaming and Coding – a STEAM Experience

Thinking with a 21st Century Twist

Last week, students across Fayette County were creating snowflakes with Elsa and Anna, figuring out how to get Flappy Bird through a series of pipes and tinkering around with other software programs designed to explore the elements of computer science Continue reading Thinking with a 21st Century Twist

What can you do with old computer parts?

Paul Laurence Dunbar’s STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) working in partnership with TSA (Technology Student Association) used old technology components to create a scarecrow. Cletus the Zombie Bot came in second in the Contemporary category of the Scarecrow Fest sponsored by Continue reading What can you do with old computer parts?