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Urgency with Coding Now for the Future

I've heard Anne Jenks share numerous times the importance of teaching coding in school, especially with so many STEM professions available. If computer science careers are the number one source of jobs in the US, then we should have more computer science graduates, and therefore more coding/programming opportunities in K-12 classrooms.

Urgency with coding in classrooms now for jobs in the future #cue16#gccuepic.twitter.com/oDGiOX7M7d — Tracy Watanabe (@tracywatanabe) March 17, 2016
The time is now to start teaching digital fluency and coding as part of literacy. Being literate in today's world, includes computer literacy.

Luckily, there are organizations, such as Code.org, dedicated to giving students opportunities to learn computer science.

How do you get started?

Below are a few places for getting started:

DeviceElementarySecondaryiPadDaisy the Dinosaur
Tickle (older app)
Hopscotch
Scratch Jr.
Cargo-BotTickleLaptop/DesktopScratch
Grok
BlocklyScratch
Snap
GrokVariousCode.org
LightbotKhan…

Google Classroom 101

Google Classroom integrates Google Apps for Education (GAFE) tools such as Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar to name a few. It then allows the teacher to distribute and collect assignments paperlessly.

Google Classroom with iPads too

Google Classroom is not just for Chromebooks, it's a useful management tool for other platforms such as iPads as well. For instance, one great way to collect student creations and manage the workflow on iPads is through Google Classroom.

What is Google Classroom and how does it work?


Why should I consider Google Classroom?

Here are a few reasons why Google Classroom should be considered:
It helps organize discussions, assignments, projects, or assessments online.Classroom helps students organize their projects, assignments, tasks, etc. and keep track of upcoming assignments, or assignments already turned in and teacher feedback or grades.Classroom could foster communication.Classroom saves time, especially when working with Google Apps, and it is fre…

QR Codes in the Classroom

QR (Quick Reader) Codes are like bar codes to quickly connect you to text, websites, audio clips, videos, etc.

QR Code Reader

The device will need a QR Code Reader. My current favorite is still i-Nigmabecause I've found that audiences typically do not need to leave their seats to scan the QR Code from the screen I'm presenting from, while other readers have not been as reliable.
Available on IOSAvailable for AndroidAvailable on BlackberryAvailable for Windows There are also QR Code Readers for Chromebooks and other devices that have cameras.

QR Code Generator

There are several ways to create QR Codes, however my current favorite is GOQR.me. Below are the instructions for two different ways to use it:


Using QR Codes in the Classroom

There are many ways QR Codes can be used in the classroom beyond quickly viewing a website. Some ideas and more resouces are listed below:
From Tom Barrett's work, 40 Interesting Ways to use QR Codes in the ClassroomISTE's post by Luis Perez and …