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Smart Review | Cubetto: Teaching Coding Without a Screen

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How can parents help introduce and get their young children interested in coding, while still limiting time on a device? Cubetto is a wooden robot designed to teach kids as young as three years old to code without a screen.

Smart Review | Let’s Start Coding

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Let’s Start Coding is a kit that seeks to help beginners write real code by building handheld gadgets with hardware. Here, a mom and her 10-year-old son give it a try.

Smart Review | Scratch Coding Cards

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What do you get when you combine a deck of cards, a laptop, clear instructions, plus room for creativity? A blended approach to coding and creating. Learn more here:

3 Ways Computer Science Class Can Help with Student Readiness

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By: Sofia Cabrera. While I was initially intimidated by the thought of taking a computer science class my senior year, I now know it had a tremendously positive impact on my readiness for college, career and life in several important ways.

Smart List: 40 Coding & Computer Science, Assessment & Data Resources

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Did you know that Cause + Code = The New Impact Formula? Today, we’re taking the time to recognize and share out 40 valuable coding, computer science, assessment and data resources for students and educators.

Building Confidence and Curiosity with littleBits Code Kit

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Teacher blogger Amber Chandler reviews the littleBits Code Kit after observing her nine-year-old son using it and speaking with the lead designer.

Why Technology is a Creative Subject, Not a Science

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By: Bethany Koby. Using technology to make the world a better place should be one of the primary objectives of humanity. Treating technology as a creative practice rather than a science could help us reach that goal.

Celebrating #EdCorpsWeek: How Student Entrepreneurs Are Contributing

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By: Elyse Burden. Somewhere along the way we decided young people could only do what they were taught or told – and they definitely weren’t supposed to be participants in the ‘real world’ until they graduated. Here are three student businesses that are shifting the paradigm.

5 Science Experiments to Try With Your Elementary School Students

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By: Scott Rhodes. Science experiments are a great way to elevate classroom participation and pique student interest in STEM careers and concepts. These five experiments can help pique that interest early, in elementary school.

Is Geometry the Unsung Hero of Mathematics Instruction?

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By: Yana Mohanty. There is a widening gap between the effective teaching of geometry in elementary schools and the geometry skills students need in high school, and engaging instruction in geometry has traditionally been overlooked during middle school.

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