Tag: Coding

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We Connect The Dots with STEAM and coding for students

I’d like to tell you about my experience volunteering and teaching with an organization offering STEAM education, called We Connect the Dots, as well as the courses we offer the impact these initiatives have on students. I’ve been writing code for longer than I haven’t been. Writing code is a big part of who I am. My interest in experimenting with software development... Read more

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Coding was her calling – now her mission is to reveal the creative side of computer science

Pariss Chandler dreamed of bright lights, red carpets and the chance of being an actress. Fueled by creative impulse, her calling would ultimately have to be an artistic outlet - where she could be anyone and do anything. You wouldn’t think computer science would qualify as a valid venue for such pursuits, but that’s where Pariss might change your mind. “I never... Read more

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How a New Jersey middle school uses Minecraft: Education Edition to teach game design

How do you teach game design in a middle school setting? According to Steve Isaacs, who teaches at the William Annin Middle School in New Jersey, just 45 minutes west of New York City, it looks a bit like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y8ZfKyRyB0 Steve teaches Game Design and Development via a quest-based (or choice-based) learning environment, providing students... Read more

TweetMeet reminder: 10AM on Tuesday, December 12th.

Learn to code, create and collaborate with Minecraft: Education Edition in a special #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Dec. 12

Computer Science Education Week is over for the year – but that still leaves another 51 weeks for educators and school leaders to consider how Computer Science can help prepare students for what comes next. We’re inviting top Computer Science experts from the Hour of Code team, from Minecraft: Education Edition, and from Microsoft Philanthropies to join Doug Bergman and... Read more

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Extra Credits: Hour of Code is just the start for this youth leader and her community

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. In today’s edition of Extra Credits, the Official Microsoft Blog concludes an exciting Computer Science Education Week by sharing a conversation with 4-H youth leader Nora Medina. Nora, from Quincy High School in central Washington state,... Read more

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Here’s how you can join Computer Science Education Week in 2017

As Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, wrote on the Official Microsoft Blog last month, “Learning to think critically through coding is the single most important step students can take to prepare themselves to fully participate in, and benefit from, the digital economy.” With Computer Science Education Week upon us, we invite students and... Read more