Explore the world without leaving your classroom

Teaching in the Primary Years

Article written for Education Today

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Classrooms in the 21st Century should not be confined by its four walls. Technology allows teachers to create learning experiences for their students that enable them to be immersed in locations all over the world, all without leaving their school. These experiences bring learning to life, engaging and motivating our students to inquire and wonder about the world in which we live.

We live in a world that is continuing to be flattened by the accessibility the internet and technology brings. As teachers, we converse with our students about locations and landmarks from all around the world. New technologies now enable teachers to further explore these destinations allowing students to gain a first hand perspective, deepening their understanding and learning.

Google has created a variety of technologies that enhance teaching and learning by allowing students to explore and have experiences all around the world.

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Africa Code Week – Teaching girls how to program

Mozilla Clubs: University of the Western Cape

By Sethu Matanga

Africa code week was held from the 15th October – 23rd October in Cape Town. In celebrating Africa code week and getting young children in the community to learn how to code, the University of the Western Cape Department of Information systems staff and students participated in the week by teaching software coding skills to the community. The 21st October 2016 was the day in which we focused on teaching young girls from the University of Western Cape Mozilla technology clubs for girls in schools (Club Kika and Club Inkwenkwezi) and brought them into one room to teach them about programming using Scratch. The club members are girls aged between 12-16 years attending high schools in Khayelitsha and Cross Roads where the clubs are based.

Firstly, introductions were made and the structure of the program was explained to the group of girls that were present.

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10 reasons to choose Sway as a tool for creating content in the classroom

Vicent Gadea

Innovation in the field of education cannot be limited to introducing ICT to the students just by using a digital presentation created by a teacher. If we want to go a step further, we should stop promoting passive learning. Students must stop being a co-driver, and become the driver and take charge of their learning.

Traditionally, when a student didn’t know something, he asked his parents and/or teachers. However, currently it is much faster and easier to lay your hands on your mobile phone and look for the information on the internet. If children and adolescents are autonomous in their real life, why do we have to give them the well chewed content in schools? Is it not reasonable that we show them how to search for information and content of a high quality?

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

TED bringing that unique experience !!

TED Blog

blog_learn_to_code_art_revTeens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1657]Fluency, Resnick proposes in this TED Talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.

The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. Rather, it’s that coding is a gateway to broader learning.“When you learn to read, you…

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