"The tech industry is championing a new initiative to get us all to try programming for an hour. But just how hard is coding, and why should we all be doing it? We speak to four experts"
"One in five devices sold to schools last year were Chromebooks; that’s a huge jump from the year before"
"My Twitter feed and other social media this morning is full of posts and updates saying that Getty Images is making all of its images freely available. It is not. Read the “Embedded Viewer” section of its Terms and Conditions at http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Corporate/Terms.aspx for what you can and cannot do."
"Here are 10 important links that every Google user should know about. They are tucked away, somewhere deep inside your Google dashboard."
"Getty Images surprised consumers and competitors yesterday when it announced that it would make 35 million images free for publishers to use, with a few strings attached. Publishers, broadly defined, are now allowed to add certain Getty images to their sites, on the condition that they use embed code provided by the company."
Tomorrow at the NCTIES 2014 conference I am facilitating a workshop on creating videos with mobile apps. I designed the workshop to accommodate users of iOS and Android devices. In preparation for the workshop I created this chart that compares the features and costs of eleven mobile video creation apps.
Kids have a new incentive to learn programming. Thanks to Code.org, they can design their own Flappy Bird game in 20 minutes. The “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” tutorial is designed for kids as young as six-year olds. It's a great idea to leverage a popular game and tap into its global craze for teaching…
"Have you ever wondered how Google works? Sure, it has a complex algorithm that looks at hundreds of variables, but in simple terms…do you know how Google works? To help you get a better understanding of Google’s algorithm as well as to show you how some of Google’s features work, I’ve created an animated infographic to explain the whole process.
"It is possible to teach coding to pupils using iPad and/or Android apps, and we are continually updating our list of apps which help support this (click here to view), but the developers behind the coding app Kodable (Free version for iPad, or £4.99 for the pro version) have gone a step further and devised a booklet and resources to support those teaching coding to primary/elementary pupils. Clearly focused on the use of their app, this is a fantastic resource to help educators who need confidence to develop their own skills, plus a collection of resources which can help support the learning process (for teacher and pupil)."
"The latest social media application to stir up controversy among teens has prompted one Lincoln Park school to ask students to delete Yik Yak and parents to make sure their child doesn’t reinstall it."
"StudentCam is C-SPAN Television Network's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, “A Message to the U.S. Congress - What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?" "
"The Sustainable Seafood Guide is the first Australian app that gives information on the sustainability of over 100 kinds of seafood. The app is a fully mobile version of the Australian Marine Conservation Society's printed and on-line consumer guide - www.sustainableseafood.org.au"
"Solve fun puzzles and learn to code. Simply drag & drop visual code blocks and program your characters to beat the level. The first adventure includes 20 puzzles that are free to play. Additional adventures and puzzle levels are available as in-app purchases. "
"As promised, I put a free PDF copy of “It’s Complicated” on my website the day the book officially launched. But as some folks noticed, I didn’t publicize this when I did so. For those who are curious as to why, I want to explain. And I want you to understand the various issues at play for me as an author and a youth advocate."
"For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring the "E" in STEAM by highlighting the best apps and websites for learning programming and coding. Computers intersect with every aspect of kids' lives, but most kids don't understand how they work. Using these picks, kids can unlock the logic of code and the basics of programming, turning computers into tools to make new things."
12 Most is a site which invites contributors to list the 12 most compelling reasons for using or working with tools and approaches across business, media and lifestyle.
"So you’re trying to “do the right thing” and not run afoul of how to properly use a photo you found online. Rather than trying to determine is it legal to use something found on the internet, you head over to a Creative Commons community and start searching for what you need. One problem, you’re not sure what those licenses mean."
"There was a lot of head-nodding around the office when Jason Orbaugh’s article for EdSurge “Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards” made the rounds on TechSmith’s internal social media site few months back. When we visit schools and ask teachers how they’re actually using their IWBs, the answers would probably surprise the people who wrote the checks for these devices. But we’re making a huge bet that things are going to be different with Chromebooks. Why?
"Parents across the globe today — from Lagos to Los Angeles and from Myanmar to Moscow — need to have a new conversation with their kids. No, it’s not about how their kids are behaving in class, why they should never talk to strangers, or when they need to be home at night. It’s not even the talk that parents usually brace themselves for, about sex. It’s data permanence. How we can preserve our reputations in the digital era?"