Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.
The girl who made making things fun on her web shows has a book explaining engineering and coding projects.
A high school junior decided to let her favorite ways to learn guide her when she became the teacher at an orphanage in Cambodia.
Simple, elegant solutions work, no matter the discipline.
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it.
To get ahead in the game, kids are learning to code their own Minecraft features.
Computer literacy is fast becoming an essential skill for jobs in the future, making it imperative that public schools learn to teach all kids to code, or risk putting some at a disadvantage later in life.
Girls love to play Minecraft as much as boys, a fact educators would like to use to interest them in coding more generally.
Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, has an ambitious goal: To get public high schools to offer computer programming classes — not just as an elective, but as a science requirement. “It’s absolutely relevant for public education to embrace computer science,” he says. “I can’t think of any other science that would better prepare you for life in the 21st century.”
Students are “hacking” problems important to their everyday experience, like developing a simple app for women who feel harassed on the street.
For low-income and disenfranchised youth, learning to code might lead to a lucrative career in an industry that’s both booming and lacking in diversity. That’s the idea behind Oakland’s Hidden Genius Project, a two-year program that offers black high school students a variety of tech classes and pairs them with mentors. Kalimah Priforce, a tech entrepreneur and head mentor at the projects wants to see black and Latino kids move from being consumers of technology to being producers — and he wants to see that diversity reflected in high tech products.