Girls Who Code is a new movement working to educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering. Their idea is similar to Code Club which I posted about couple of days ago except their efforts are geared specifically towards teenage girls. “The numbers speak for themselves. By 2018, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related job openings, yet U.S. universities are expected to produce enough computer science graduates to fill just 29% of these jobs. And while 57% of bachelor’s degrees are obtained by women, less than 14% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.” Please visit their website www.girlswhocode.com and follow them on Twitter @GirlsWhoCode to help spread the word about their efforts.
Earlier this month I posted about testing iSpring converter, a PowerPoint add-on that converts any slideshow, including, animations, transitions and even videos to HTML5. This latest offering from iSpring Solutions is now out of BETA and ready for sale. It normally sells or $99.00 but with your educational discount you can have it for $74.00. That is a really good price considering our tight budgets and everything it allows you to do. The beauty of this add-on is that no coding knowledge is required.
The main features I like are the ability to embed YouTube videos, and Web Objects into the slides. The web objects come in handy allowing you to embed webpages inside of your slides. You can have the pages(s) open inside the slide, or in a separate window. It also allows you to view any published content in an iPad.
Another unique feature is the ability to publish LMS ready content with both AICC and SCORM format support. They offer a fully functional 30-day trial, and the only limitation is that it will add a watermark saying the presentation was created using an evaluation copy of the software. Download the trial by visiting this link; http://bit.ly/MKobfk
This morning while doing my daily brain workout, I came across this story. After reading it I though about how much effort is being put into promoting the Flipped Classroom concept as an alternative teaching method. I was then thinking we should do the same to promote teaching innovation and reward teachers who come up with great ideas.
That brings me to Mr. Josh Hoekstra, a history teacher at Rosemount High, a school in the suburbs of Minneapolis who came up with a great idea. He basically takes the kids love of sports and turn it into History Madness, a bracket style competition that fosters learning history, develops critical thinking skills, and promote collaboration amongst his students. He was featured in a CNN article yesterday, and is now selling a Teach with Tournaments book to teach others his methods.
Our friends over across the pond on that huge island people call the UK have come up with a pretty cool idea. I am always fascinated at all of the opportunities that are available for children these days, and this is one of those. The basic premise for Code Club is that any kid can learn how to be a coder and that coding could be a fun activity. What caught my eye was their YouTube promotional video with the likes of Niklas Zennström (founder of Skype), Joanna Shields (former Bebo, CEO and now EMEA vice-president at Facebook) and Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee (father of the Internet) among other notable high tech entrepreneurs. Watch the video and see for yourself our future leaders in action during a job interview.
One of the most efficient ways our students can use to conduct research is through the proper use of Google search. The problem is most students do not learn how to search properly, nor do many colleges teach the proper methodology involved in doing searches. The guys over at HackCollege.com have come up with a great Infographic on how to get more out of Google searches so I have decided to share it with all of you.
This post is not technology related, but it is one of my personal pet peeves, as more, and more of our students are having problems with spelling. The writer caught some flak in the comments so he posted an update to the initial post. Just for the record I am not a Grammar Nerd, I am very proud to be all Geek, Check it out! — http://bit.ly/LknV93
Great article about the rise of online education in the K-12 sector and the many challenges faced by online educators across the United States.– http://ow.ly/bIhaY
Reframing Failure for Learning — http://ow.ly/byG5K
The end of Liberal Arts Education? — http://bit.ly/XVS3tx via The Journal
Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech — http://ow.ly/bp8Hd