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Code For Teens

Title: Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming Volume 1: Javascript

Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming Volume 1: Javascript
English | 3 July 2018 | ISBN: 1684019605 | 232 Pages

Love computers? What about video games and social media? Ever been curious about how they work? If so, Code for Teens is for you! Software developer Jeremy Mortiz’s Code for Teens is your one-stop-shop to learning all there is know about Javascript, the most commonly used coding language in the world! Filled with tips, tricks, strategies, and quizzes, this guide is the perfect way to take you from beginner to expert in all things Java.

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Apps · Coding · Computer Science · Online · Teaching · Web Resources

Designing and Developing Robust Instructional Apps

Title: Designing and Developing Robust Instructional Apps

Designing and Developing Robust Instructional Apps
English | 2018 | ISBN: 1138303186 | 259 Pages

Designing and Developing Robust Instructional Apps advances the state of instructional app development using three learning paradigms for building knowledge foundations, problem-solving, and experimentation. Drawing on research and development lessons gleaned from noted educational technologists, time-tested systematic instructional design processes, and results from user experience design, the book considers the planning and specification of instructional apps that blend media (text, images, sound, and moving pictures) and instructional method. Further, for readers with little to no programming experience, introductory treatments of JavaScript and Python, along with data fundamentals and machine learning techniques, offer a guided journey that produces robust instructional apps and concludes with next steps for advancing the state of instructional app development.

Books · Coding · Computer Science · Emerging Trends

Code Breaker

Title: Code Breaker: Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment, and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!

Author: Brian Aspinall

English | November 30th, 2017 | ASIN: B077W43M9L, ISBN: 1946444545 | 98 Pages Code Breaker: Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment, and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!

Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. And to master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers.
In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning. From Aspinalls collection of real-life examples and practical lesson ideas, you’ll discover how to…
Use computational thinking and coding across all subjects and grade levels
Encourage students to let their skills and passions shine
Teach learners to take risks so they can grow from failure and feedback
Make assessment meaningful”and fun”for you and your students

You don’t have to be a computer geek to empower your students with these essential skills. Code Breaker equips you to use computational thinking and coding in your classroom”regardless of your computer skill level”to increase creativity, remix assessment, and develop a class of coder ninjas!

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · ICT · Teaching

Computer Science Teacher

Title: Computer Science Teacher

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1780173946 | 281 Pages
Computer Science Teacher : Insight Into the Computing Classroom (True PDF)
Increased focus on computer science has recently brought about the new national curriculum in computing.

This book explores the role of Computer Science Teacher in a secondary school environment. An overview of secondary school computing is covered, along with what the role encompasses, the attributes, knowledge and skills required to be a success and useful standards, tools, methods and techniques you can employ. Case studies and quotes from schools and current teachers are also included.

“If you are either training to teach or already teaching the secondary computing curriculum, you will need to know what effective teaching of computing actually looks like. This book is for you. Throughout the book, you will discover the insights found and the journey undertaken by the author, as a head of department, as she transformed her department from teaching ICT to teaching computing. This text will not only help you teach computing in a way that places learners at the centre of your planning but also seeks to motivate, engage and inspire them with a love of the subject, show them the opportunities that computing can present them and how computing shapes their daily learning, rest and play. In addition, the text provides practical guidance and insights for those applying for either their first teaching post or seeking advancement as a secondary computing teacher.” – Andrew Csizmadia, Newman University, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education

Books · Coding · Computer Science · Emerging Trends · Programming · Teaching

Connected Code

Title: Connected Code

Author: Yasmin B Kafai
English | July 18th, 2014 | ISBN: 026252967X | 200 pages

Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming
Why every child needs to learn to code: the shift from “computational thinking” to computational participation.

Coding, once considered an arcane craft practiced by solitary techies, is now recognized by educators and theorists as a crucial skill, even a new literacy, for all children. Programming is often promoted in K-12 schools as a way to encourage “computational thinking” – which has now become the umbrella term for understanding what computer science has to contribute to reasoning and communicating in an ever-increasingly digital world.

In Connected Code, Yasmin Kafai and Quinn Burke argue that although computational thinking represents an excellent starting point, the broader conception of “computational participation” better captures the twenty-first-century reality. Computational participation moves beyond the individual to focus on wider social networks and a DIY culture of digital “making.”

Kafai and Burke describe contemporary examples of computational participation: students who code not for the sake of coding but to create games, stories, and animations to share; the emergence of youth programming communities; the practices and ethical challenges of remixing (rather than starting from scratch); and the move beyond stationary screens to programmable toys, tools, and textiles.

Books · Computer Science · Science · Social Media

Science and The Internet

Title: Science and the Internet

Editors: Alan G. Gross, Jonathan Buehl

English | 2017 | ISBN: 0895038986 | 328 Pages

This is a timely volume, introducing scholars of

Science and the Internet : Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age

rhetoric to the often radical changes that scientists are experiencing in their internal and external communication practices as a result of digital media technologies. Anyone who is serious about understanding scientific argument today needs to be familiar with the rich multimedia environment available to those who make and contest scientific claims in such fora as online journal articles, blogs, wikis, podcasts, and tweets. The diverse case studies in this book are well designed to acquaint readers with some of the most significant developments to occur in science communication in recent years.” – Leah Ceccarelli, Professor, Department of Communication University of Washington, Seattle

“The essays in Science and the Internet address the timely topic of how digital tools are shaping science communication. Featuring chapters by leading scholars of the rhetoric of science and technology, the volume fills a much needed gap in contemporary rhetoric of science scholarship. Spanning science-related blogs and podcasts through open access notebooks, data visualization tools, and online peer review, the book offers insight into how the Internet influences the generation of scientific knowledge and reconfigures the relations among varied publics, scientists, and technological interfaces. Overall, the essays reveal how digital technologies may both fray the boundaries between experts and non-experts and enable more collaborative, democratic means of public engagement with science.” – Lisa Keranen, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Communication, University of Colorado Denver

Books · Computer Science · ICT · Research · Smart Education · Teaching

Mental Penguins

Title: Mental Penguins

Author: Ivelin Sardamov

English | May 26th, 2017 | ASIN: B071V97SNV, ISBN: 178535342X | 211 Pages

Mental Penguins: The Neverending Education Crisis and the False Promise of the Information Age

This book was inspired by Prof. Sardamov’s efforts to understand a troubling paradox in his own work – while he has worked to become a better college teacher, his students have not shown the expected advances in learning. He draws on key findings in neuroscience to explain the waning interest in and knowledge of complex social issues in the United Statesand other countries.
He attributes this troubling trend primarily to the effects of information overload, ubiquitous screens, and constant internet access. He argues that the chronic overstimulation generated by our current sociotechnological environment is turning us into “mental penguins” – developing new and shedding old aptitudes as we adapt to an extreme mental environment.

These changes affect us all, but have the strongest impact on children, adolescents, and young adults whose brains are more”plastic.” As a result, their enjoyment of the written word, and even of the real world, is often blunted – a tendency which reflects a largercultural and neurophysiological crisis within contemporary societies. Prof. Sardamov believes that the shift toward online and experiential forms of learning will not alleviate existing problems but is likely to make them worse. He emphasizes the need to foster love and capacity for reading in children and adolescents since this is the only constantly available tool of knowledge accumulation.

Though the book is inevitably provocative, it will appeal to readers interested in alternative forms of education (like Steiner-Waldorf and Montessori), or to those who share the concerns of authors like Jane Healy (Endangered Minds), Sven Birkerts (The Gutenberg Elegies), Nicholas Carr(“Is Google Making Us Stupid” and The Shallows), Peter Whybrow (American Mania), Susan Greenfield(Mind Change), Catherine Steiner-Adair (The Big Disconnect), Richard Arum and Josipa Roxa (Academically Adrift), etc.

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · STEM · Teaching

The Stem Coaching Handbook

Title: The Stem Coaching Handbook

Author: Terry Talley
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138651036 | 167 Pages

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Learn how to promote STEM integration in your school district and increase student achievement. In this helpful, easy-to-read book, author Terry Talley sheds light on the key responsibilities and accountabilities of a successful STEM coach and offers a wealth of practical advice for those new to the position and for those who want to refine their skills.

You’ll discover how to…

– Build positive working relationships with teachers and faculty
– Organize professional development opportunities such as PLCs and book study groups
– Develop hands-on instructional strategies based off the needs of your students and the strengths of your staff
– Promote technological and scientific literacy to prepare students for success in the 21st Century
– Enhance student engagement using project-based learning and growth-based assessment models

Designed to be read either as a step-by-step guide or as a reference, The STEM Coaching Handbook is loaded with insights and accounts from experienced STEM educators across the country. No matter your level of expertise, these tips will help you make your district’s STEM program more effective for all students.

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Title: Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Authors: Yishay Mor, Harvey Mellar and Steven Warburton
English | 2014 | ISBN: 9462095280 | 348 pages Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology


These are challenging times in which to be an educator. The constant flow of innovation offers new opportunities to support learners in an environment ofever-shifting demands. Educators work as they have always done: making the most of the resources at hand, and dealing with constraints, to provide experiences which foster growth.

This was John Dewey’s ideal of education 80 years ago and it is still relevant today. This view sees education as a practice that achieves its goals through creative processes involving both craft and design. Craft is visible in the resources that educators produce and in their interactions with learners. Design, though, is tacit, and educators are often unaware of their own design practices. The rapid pace of change is shifting the balance from craft to design, requiring that educators’ design work become visible, shareable and malleable. The participatory patterns workshop is a method for doing this through engaging practitioners in collaborative reflection leading to the production of structured representations of design knowledge. The editors have led many such workshops and this book is a record of that endeavour and its outcomes in the form of practical design narratives, patterns and scenarios that can be used to address challenges in teaching and learning with technology.