Holiday Apps Lower Stress, Pile on Smiles : DNews

And for this, my last post of 2014, I thought I would offer an article on apps to help you through the holidays. Alas, the cheer map seems to be U.S. only. But the rest should work!

These apps will help you navigate the holiday rush, whether that means at the airport, the mall or the holiday party just around the corner.


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mauilibrarian2 in Olinda: 5 Must-Try Creativity Apps, courtesy of Nick Cusumano (edtech4theatre)

Yes, I follow Maui librarian and not just because I have location envy Рshe always offers up some great resources and ideas. The holidays seem like perfect time to try out some of these out!


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6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic

I like how Edudemic has been presenting their info graphics with great leading questions for the classroom. I especially like this one, which was posted for last week’s Computer Science Education Week, as it gets students to think about emerging technologies and their potential, as well as giving them a starting point to envision technologies of the future.


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Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students | Edudemic

Hmmm. This reviews says that this is better than Nearpod for visual presentations. As I agree with the reviewer about the difficulty of preparing the presentations in Nearpod, I am very curious to try this out. A project for the newt year, perhaps?


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In Honour of Computer Science Education Week: 10 Must Watch TED Talks For All Aspiring Programmers

Some of these you have probably seen, like the Ken Robinson and Salman Khan Ted Talks about education. However, Kathryn Shultz’s on being wrong might have escaped your notice, or the one about how algorithms¬†shape our world. Check it out and get inspired!

Dev Bootcamp is an intense 9-week bootcamp to train software engineers. Located in San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and New York City, NY.


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Hour of Code Highlight: Maximize the popularity of Frozen and Code with Anna and Elsa!

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Have some kids who are finished their work? Are they sitting there twiddling their thumbs? Ok, at this time of year, probably not. But still, now that we all have the songs from Frozen in our head due to our fabulous Holiday Concert last night, why not take a second, get into the Winter spirit and learn to Code with Anna and Elsa?

The tutorial is made for beginners, so anyone can do it. For example, this is how you begin:

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Ok. I did it. Ooh- I like how you can view the actual code behind the blocks:

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Although this was at a lower level than I should have been doing, I still got momentarily stumped by the need for specific directions. It is like that game we used to play as children, when one person would pretend they were blind and the other had to direct them across the room? The computer is like a blind kid.

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And, as the byline on this blog says- if I can do it, so can you!

(I’m totally going to make my kids do this.)