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Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using ‘Hard Fun’

Every educator knows that children, especially those 4 to 7, learn a great deal through play. Harnessing that power for classroom learning can be tricky, though.

Mitch Resnick: The Next Generation of Scratch Teaches More Than Coding

On January 2, our group at the MIT Media Lab introduced a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0. Much has changed since we introduced the first generation of our Scratch programming language and online community, back in 2007.

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Helping Students See Hamlet and Harry Potter in a New Light With Computational Thinking

Like many kids of my generation growing up in India, I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton’s novels. Many of her books were written as a series (“The Famous Five,” “The Secret Seven” and “Five Find-Outers”) and I recall wondering if the lives of characters overlapped in any way. Did a character from one series ever run into one from another, for example? I recall wondering the same thing in later years about P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle and Jeeves series.

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What Does Computer Science Professional Development Look Like?

Computer Science Education Week is once again on the horizon, taking place this year on Dec. 3-10, 2018. Many students and teachers will sign up for the Hour of Code, a global movement that invites pupils and educators to try programming exercises—many for the first time.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

Talk of education policy—or any policy, for that matter—can often be dry, divisive or both. But when it comes to policy that expands access to computer science education, legislators tend to be interested and in agreement.That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. state has adopted at least one policy requiring, standardizing or funding computer science education in schools. Across individual U.S. schools, however, computer science instruction is still far from ubiquitous, according to a new report.

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GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools

What better way to prepare students for coding careers and computer science-related fields than introducing them to the tools that professionals use?

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