“As I see it, code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world. When we acquired language, we didn’t just learn how to listen, but also how to speak. When we acquired text, we didn’t just learn how to read, but also how to write. Now that we have computers, we are learning to use them but not how to program them. When we are not code literate, we must accept the devices and software we use with whatever limitations and agendas their creators have built into them – Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Literacy Advocate – Codecademy
Leave a comment suggesting some of your “Go-To” resources to teach coding!
More Weekend Ed. Quotes
Today began Computer Science Education Week, which includes all students in K-12 to get involved in computer science.
All students in all grades and subject matter concentrations are included in Computer Science Education Week!
You can go to Twitter and search any of the hashtags above to see what super talented Educators and students are doing to celebrate computer science education, using 5 minutes and more of classtime.
My Computer Science week Mentor is David Lockett… he posts innovative ideas at @DavidJLockett – you may find fun ideas for your class!
How are you celebrating Computer Science Education Week?
More posts on Computer Science in Education Week and Hour of Code
Special thanks to Christy Tucker for this share that addresses Storyline Interaction: Text Message with Scoring. Tucker’s approach has throughways to modularized microlearning. There are microlearning applications and adaptations to many curricular and ILT. This is an innovative method for formative assessment for many learning avenues: soft skills curriculum, instructional coaching, business and professional writing… and more! Thanks Christy!!
See the full post at this link: https://www.christytuckerlearning.com/storyline-interaction-text-message-with-scoring/
Image by Christy Tucker
Not proficient with Storyline? Think of other digital options using survey software/apps, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Canvas LMS built-in quiz maker… or others! Please share your ideas in comments!
There’s always something to learn on LinkedIn! #LinkedInLearning
Any teacher with a K-12 classroom can gain free access to Calm, the #1 app for meditation and sleep AND get free access to Calm’s paid subscription service available on Android, iOS, and the web – a $59.99 value!
Teachers will score unlimited access to guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, including Calm Kids, which offers programs tailored for age groups from pre-K through high school. The goal of this initiative is to provide teachers with the tools and resources they need to help kids to develop a lifelong capacity for greater self-awareness, concentration, patience, and resilience.
If you’re a teacher, just head here and fill out a simple 30-second form and you’ll be approved within just a few days (it usually takes about 3 days to approve applications). Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a welcome email with further information on how to get started. And then you’ll start receiving tips, suggestions, and best practices to include mini breaks to your school day!
~Seen 1st at the TCEA blog.
Today the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission launched the Career Readiness handbook that is designed to help students in higher education identify and communicate their marketable skills as they prepare for the workforce after graduation.
Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes explained, “Texas’s higher education plan, 60x30TX, is a powerful and appropriate response to the changing nature of the U.S. economy and its job market. As the marketable skills goal states, we want all our undergraduate college students to graduate with marketable skills. This Career Readiness handbook is a guide to help Texans of all ages transition from student to employee, manager or entrepreneur.”
The Career Readiness handbook is part of collaborative efforts to help students improve their employability, and supports ongoing, complementary work in both agencies. Also, the Jobs Y’all career exploration campaign is an important advancement at the Texas Workforce Commission. Marketable skills are achieved through a variety of activities, including curricular programs, student leadership, volunteer efforts, internships, apprenticeships, and many other opportunities.
“We’ve listened to our state’s industry leaders and created an outreach campaign to meet employers’ needs by reaching our future workforce with an inspirational message that informs and inspires them to choose and prepare for exciting in-demand careers,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Jobs Y’all career exploration campaign raises awareness among students, parents, counselors and teachers about the strength of Texas industries in attracting our future workforce and secures Texas as the best choice for a 21st century workforce.
The Career Readiness handbook is available online at http://www.60x30tx.com/resources/reports/.
By now, most educators and students have made it to holiday break and through the frenzy of Christmas/Kwansaa/Hanukkah.
Many folks are considering Resolutions for 2019… what are your EdTech resolutions?
Here are a some ideas from popular blogs:
From 2017- Mimio Educator, by Kelly Bielefeld
From 2017 – Houghton Mifflin Blog
From 2016 – Edutopia, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron
From 2013- Education Week, by Jennie Magiera
It’s time to look ahead and set some resolution goals. I’ll share my resolution goals next week. I’m keeping in mind the words of Heather Wolpert-Gawron, “Making resolutions is really about recalibrating our attempts to be the best teachers we can be.”
Resolution Image Source
Teague’s edTech Resolutions for 2019
Try to remember to restart my computer by Kelly Bielefeld
Set a regular schedule to keep my hardware charged
Brainstorm STEAM integration for use by Educators:
Develop engaging PD activities: One possibility: every teacher to our new breakoutedu.com escape room kit we recently purchased. We have a few innovative teachers who have already experimented with it, and have already seen an amazing level of engagement and thinking. All teachers need to experience the kit and see how easy it is to set up and how much the students love it.
Practice 20-20-20 to ease eye strain from too much screen time
Be more responsible with my screen time
Inclusivity for all teachers whether they are as Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes, tech-tentative teacher or a tech-savvy one
Keep the Gee-Whiz factor that edTech provides
“Drop the word ‘tech.’ It’s just ‘education’ now” Mike Lawrence, CEO ofComputer Using Educators (CUE), past ISTE board member, and Director of the California Student Media Festival.
National Education Technology Plan https://tech.ed.gov/netp/
What are some of your #EdTech resolutions? Add your answers to our DQ Forum!
A small data collection on the enormity of the data spectrum
*The consumption of data resulted in new words to measure it such as petabyte, which is a million gigabytes or 10 to the 15th power or 10,000,000,000,000,000
*3.4 petabytes of data are consumed every 60 seconds.
Source: Nat Geo’s Drain the Oceans
*Let the force be with the Yottabyte which is one septillion bytes and larger than the zettabyte
More Nerd Research Minutes
Summer is here and many students and faculty take to the roads, beaches, and parks…in other words to spots of respite beyond the computer screen.
But nefarious activity continues in the form of malware and phishing (pronounced the same way as the fun summer activity from a pier but far different!)
Don’t let a hacker or scammer turn your summer into a bummer.
Follow these tips from The KnowBe4 Security Team for email protection:
Review the content of the email.
- Is the sender asking me to click on a link or open an attachment to avoid a negative consequence, or to gain something of value?
- Is the email out of the ordinary, or does it have bad grammar or spelling errors?
- Is the sender asking me to click a link or open up an attachment that seems odd or illogical?
- Do I have an uncomfortable gut feeling about the sender’s request to open an attachment or click a link?
- Is the email asking me to look at a compromising or embarrassing picture of myself or someone I know?
If you notice anything about the email that alarms you, do not click links, open attachments, or reply.
Have a safe and restful and cyber-secure summer!
NOTE: This post by Helen Teague reposted at https://hsutxonlineed.edublogs.org/2018/06/05/dont-let-a-hacker-or-scammer-turn-your-summer-into-a-bummer/