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How to choose the right programming language for students
Nowadays, programming is more widespread and you don’t need a degree to be a programmer; it’s no longer mainly for scientists and engineers: students studying the humanities, English as a foreign language students, people building websites, and a whole host of other folks are learning to program. This non-technical article will give you novices [non-expert instructors] out there some basic...
 

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Grading the 2010 National Education Technology Plan
When the National Education Technology Plan of 2010 came out, plenty of schools were still connecting to the Internet at 1990-style speeds—or not at all. The plan was ambitious and laid out five high-level goals. But the federal government didn’t expect to carry out the plan alone. Instead, the department learned over the years how to corral a fragmented ecosystem of government agencies, schools...
 

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How can your school participate in the Hour of Code?
The tutorials, mainly designed as a one-hour introduction to computer science, are “designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.” Some lessons are aimed at learners as young as four. And those participating are in good company. Over 180 different countries are expected to participate in the event this week, and tens of millions of students take part. Even better, by...
 

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What the Heck Is OER?
Frankly, there's no need to purchase consumables year after year if we can now annotate online and find resources for free. For this reason, many of the teachers in my department feel that when it becomes our turn to adopt new curriculum, if we have any say in it, we'd prefer an OER model that would allow us to pick and choose resources as one might compile an iTunes playlist of differentiated...
 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom
CSEdWeek and Hour of Code arrive December 7-13th, and this annual event is bigger than ever. Below, you will find a resource guide for CSEdWeek and Hour of Code, in order to help all of you K-12 educators bring coding into the classroom.
 

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup
This guide to assistive technology will help you navigate some of the available websites, resources, and tools related to assistive technology and accessible educational materials -- from getting started, to tips, to finding appropriate technology and need-specific resources.
 

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