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Strategy Share: Coding and Innovation for Our Planet’s Future

On my Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship expedition to Norway, I saw first-hand evidence of our changing global climate and developed the passion and desire to ask, “What can we do?” In my classroom, I have developed a culture of innovation and technological design. Was there a way I could work with my students to develop innovative, technological solutions to increase their awareness of our global impact? Continue reading Strategy Share: Coding and Innovation for Our Planet’s Future

Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

Michael Stanley drew out middle school students’ curiosity about the world while they brainstormed about personal explorations. Students also investigated a real-world scientific expedition and created an educational video game as a way to share their research with a wider audience. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

How Chinese Conquered QWERTY

TECHNOLOGY Conventional wisdom of the past 200 years held that China would have to abandon character-based writing and embrace alphabetization in order to prosper from world trade and technological change. Today, Chinese is a world script and China is an IT giant. How did that happen? (Los Angeles Review of Books) Get to know your QWERTY with these free, challenging keyboarding games. Teachers, scroll down … Continue reading How Chinese Conquered QWERTY

Warning! Time Stops on Tuesday

TECHNOLOGY With the advent of ever-more-accurate clocks, keeping good time is becoming surprisingly complicated. (Nat Geo News) Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map—and a round-up of other interesting reads this week. Note: Current Event Connections is slowing down for the summer. Our column will continue to appear once or twice a week … Continue reading Warning! Time Stops on Tuesday

Tech Industry Earns Some Cred

TECHNOLOGY A leader in the small but growing industry of “coder boot camps” announced plans to develop a new set of credentials aimed at certifying the skills these programs teach. (NPR) Use our resources to learn more about coding and why it’s so important to education. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Tech Industry Earns Some Cred