Robots & Coding in the Elementary Classroom

  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computational Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Perseverance
  • Common Core Standards

“If you close your eyes and think about the world 10 years from now, it will be completely different,” Vedati said.
“Kids will have computing everywhere. Doctors will be using computing to make decisions. Jobs will require more technology. … The new jobs that will be created won’t be just programming jobs. But can you think about organizing data? Information and computation is coming to every field.”
And that, dear readers, is why your eight-year-old should be coding.

Hour of Code - yes, teachers can learn to code too!

No iPad? On the web: Scratch or Tynker or Code Monkey

Coding Apps for the iPad - problem solving, critical thinking, computer programming
ScratchJr (iPad only)
Kodable - 
Kids learn programming logic, sequence, loops, functions and debugging with Kodable.
    - Kodable Learning Guide

In Wednesday's email...
Hi DevTech Supporters,

Are you a K-2 educator currently using (or planning to use) ScratchJr in your class? The ScratchJr Team would like to invite you to be a pilot school as part of our research this fall!

The DevTech Research Group at Tufts University will be sending out short surveys and activities in November 2014. Educators from any geographic region are eligible to participate. To learn more, please fill out our Sign-Up Form and we will send you the full details of volunteer participation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The DevTech Research Group 

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