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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.

Addressing the Growing Need for Data Science Education

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By: Natalya St. Clair. As massive datasets accumulate, so does the need for people who understand how to work with complex datasets and software. The workforce of tomorrow will require the services and specialties of data scientists. Here's one way to teach those skills.

Helping Students Learn to Love Math Through Science

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By: Robyn LaTorre. Reaching today’s teen learners requires as much innovation and variation as their daily lives, which are filled with technology, blurbs of information and mini videos used to entice and excite. Would you believe me if I told you science could fill that role?

Highlights from NSTA’s 2017 National Conference

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The National Science Teachers Association is a huge event and provides a plethora of free teacher resources. Here are just a few of the many available at this year's conference.

Smart Review | Curly Bracket: The Hidden Code

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As an English teacher, I'm always looking for books that take a creative approach to getting students interested in learning. Based on my 8th graders' reactions, Curly Bracket: The Hidden Code hits the nail on the head.

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