November 18, 2017

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Swift Playgrounds: Not Just Another Coding App |SLJ Review

Are your students budding coders? Apple has just released a sophisticated app for students serious about programming. Our review of Swift Playgrounds.

Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks

School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

So, imagine with me, for a moment, a world where the stories we tell about how things get made don’t only include the twentysomething-year-old Silicon Valley boys, but also Kenyan schoolgirls and Norwegian librarians. Imagine a world where the little Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow, who live in a permanent reality of 1s and 0s, they […]

Turn STEM into STEAM: Storytelling with ScratchJr

ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

Hopscotch App Introduces Kids to Block Programming | SLJ Review

Spell your name with emoji. Draw a snowflake. Create an Angry Birds game. Download Hopscotch and start coding these and other projects in minutes.

MakerSpace: Challenge Cards, getting teens to try new activities in the Teen MakerSpace

We are having tremendous success with our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) and are very excited to see the teens in our community using the space and learning new things. We have learned that certain items are more popular than others, with the button makers and 3D […]

MakerSpace: Learning to Code in Scratch

We set out with several goals in mind when created the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio. One of those goals was to engage our teens in learning how to code. We created a bank of iPad stations to help facilitate this goal and pre-loaded it with […]

DK Publishing to Up-and-Coming Coders: Start from Scratch

This Saturday, May 14 is Scratch Day, a time to embrace all things coding. You can start by checking out a bevy of new books on the subject.

Coding: Resources To Get You Started

So you want to teach a class on coding. Where do you start?! Here are some ideas.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

Of Coding and Compassion

Tips from an expert on how to instruct kids effectively and with an open mind.

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Never Too Young To Code

Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

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Classrooms Connect Virtually To Code with Finch Robots

Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.

Getting Schools Revved Up About Robotics

Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.

Tiny Ozobot Gets Kids into Block-based Programming | Test Drive

School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.

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Librarians Leading the Way | Hour of Code 2015

School librarians around the country are helping their students participate in Hour of Code—the worldwide movement held during Computer Science Education Week to introduce learners of all ages to computer programming.

Review: ‘Secret Coders’

Can a good story really be told while trying to teach kids how to code? With the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and higher STEM standards in our country’s public schools, it’s no surprise that someone out there is trying to incorporate good storytelling and science. But a story about […]