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22
Jul

Social-Emotional Learning: Why does it matter?

This series of Social-Emotional articles is written by Victoria Kirgesner    In our last post, we talked about what social-emotional learning is. Today, we’ll dive into an arguably more important discussion: why it matters and why it’s crucial for student success.    Think back, if you will, to your favorite year of school and your favorite teacher. What did you

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20
Jul

The Big 5 Computer Science Coding Concepts

By: Dr. Sharon Torrence Jones, Founder, thedot. Consulting & Dottie Rose Foundation   “The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.”  Leo Cherne- American economist, public servant, commentator, and an accomplished sculptor           The influence of computing is felt

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15
Jul

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is It?

This series of Social-Emotional articles is written by Victoria Kirgesner    Any educator can tell you the buzzwords that are on their administration’s and colleagues’ lips. Just a few years ago, every professional development seemed to be about “increasing rigor in the classroom” or “differentiating to meet every student’s needs” while promoting “data-driven education,” and teaching “21st-century skills.” The COVID-19

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15
Jul

Why should kids learn coding from an early age?

Coding is considered a foundational literacy skill for the digital age. It is just like learning about reading and writing, but instead of reading and writing paragraphs of a story, children are reading and writing in computer code. It is comparable to learning a whole new language!  When children learn to code, they are also learning several important 21st-century concepts – and this can lead to some

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12
Jul

How to Select a Gamified Computer Science Platform for Your District

Please enjoy our FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCE found at the end of this article to help guide your decision process for your district.    Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a digitally connected world and workforce with constantly evolving technology. As educators integrate computer science skills into their curriculum, many have chosen to “gamify” their lessons by incorporating game-based

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12
Jul

“I Didn’t Want to Let It Go”: STEM Access Deep in the Heart of Texas

  Jacqueline Moreno knows a thing or two about the impact of access.  As the Director for Math and Science at Galena Park Independent School District (I.S.D) in Houston, Texas, Jaqueline spends her time finding ways to break down barriers for students and families.   69% of students at Galena I.S.D. are classified as at risk of dropping out of

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