Tag Archives: Google

The medium of thought: @Scratch is bad for learning Programming and Computational Thinking? #coding #edtech #education

…Maybe. It depends. I’m increasingly frustrated by the various groups and media who seemingly want to shoot-down all the positive work we do with teaching good programming practice in textual programming languages. While tens of thousands of educators have been pushing ahead with the 21st century, teaching children not only to program, but more importantly

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Teachers won’t pay, but how can we support software we love? e.g. @Socrative

I like Socrative. As a teacher, I love it – and largely because it’s free, and requires no account-creation by students. But that blocks me from supporting it in the most important way: by giving the owners some cash. Not that it matters for Socrative any more – they sold the company for $5 million

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Lesson idea: Digital Literacy, use Google to choose a java library

Today I needed to modify a small Java program to accept command-line parameters. Java’s built-in support for this is so bare as to be non-existent: it clones C’s “no library, no help, go away” implementation. This makes an excellent problem for testing / practising using Google to find something: It’s a very well-known problem, has

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Programming for young children: Scratch vs Blockly

Scratch was invented/created in 2003 by a team from MIT. It’s a full programming language that we USUALLY see coded using colourful drag/drop blocks. (it can be programmed in raw text too, and used to be, but today that’s rare) Blockly was created in 2012 by people that are now at Google (I’ve been told

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