10 Reasons to Teach Coding - #Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

10 Reasons to Teach Coding – #Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

  Coding allows students to create content, not just consume it. Coding empowers students and give them tools to express themselves in really cool ways. Coding teaches storytelling with games and animations. Coding is a place for students to take risks and fail safely. Coding is inclusive and builds self-confidence Coding supports many principles of […]

Connectedness – Highlights from #CanConnectEd15

  CanConnectEd was not your typical edtech conference. Of course there were sessions on tools, apps and such. But the big idea around the “connected” conference was, well, the idea of being connected. Thank you @mraspinall because I learned something for the 1st time today. #CanConnect15 very validating. — Alanna King (@banana29) May 7, 2015 […]

Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp

Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp

  In this article I would like to dissect the Math curriculum here in Ontario and focus on the process of mathematics. From the Ontario curriculum document: Problem Solving Problem solving is central to learning mathematics. By learning to solve problems and by learning through problem solving, students are given numerous opportunities to connect mathematical […]

We Are at the End of Forgetting - Highlights From #etfot4t

We Are at the End of Forgetting – Highlights From #etfot4t

This weekend I had the fortunate opportunity to attend and present at the ETFO ICT Conference in Toronto. The #etfot4t conference doesn’t start until 10:30 and the room is getting full already! #ETFO members eager to learn! pic.twitter.com/533rW3Q9ju — Jerry DeQuetteville (@jdeq) April 17, 2015 Learning with 180+ colleagues! Excited! #etfot4t pic.twitter.com/17kzNngZW4 — Mrs. Mott’s […]

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8

Although this was an Art task, our Art teacher (@MrsPDU) allowed my students to code their fractal piece. Check out the Geometry expectations this also covered, besides the Art component. Grade 8 – Students Will: demonstrate an understanding of the geometric properties of quadrilaterals and circles and the applications of geometric properties in the real […]

We Know We Have to Change. What Will You Do Next? My Experience at #gafesummit

We Know We Have to Change. What Will You Do Next? My Experience at #gafesummit

I had the fortunate opportunity to present at this weekend’s Google Summit in Kitchener. My session was the usual – pedagogy, assessment, making and coding. I call it “the usual” but it is never delivered the same twice. This time around I even added four new slides thirty minutes before I was up. You can […]

Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School

Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School

In this article I would like to explore a new coding app called Robot School from Next is Great (@nextisgreat). What hooked me immediately was how this app teachings kids to block code, but then shows them the syntax written in Swift. If you are unfamiliar, Swift is a new programming language for iOS. I love the […]

Kids Learn Computer Code in Class to Help With Problem Solving @thecurrentcbc

That was the title from The Current this week on CBC. If you missed it, you can listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-24-2015-1.3006711/kids-learn-computer-code-in-class-to-help-with-problem-solving-1.3006744 For the better part of the segment, I felt as though someone was reading my thoughts. I don’t mean to come across as arrogant, just that I have been coding with elementary students for close […]