Free Mini-Courses for Educators

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2014-02-06 17_38_00-The New Media Consortium _ Sparking innovation, learning and creativity.The New Media Center Academy offers free mini-courses for educators serving grades 6-16. It is a collaboration between HP, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the NMC, and more than 30 universities and NGOs in 15 countries. The success of the project was summed up in “Sparking Innovation in STEM Education with Technology and Collaboration” (http://bit.ly/OECD-Catalyst).

You can check out the list of courses here

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. They publish the Horizon Report http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed which looks at the emerging trends in technology in education and the world.

NMC Horizon Report 2014

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Computer Science Education Week

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December 9-15 is Computer Science Education Week

CS Education Week celebrates the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, the founder of modern computer science. Despite the fact that many countries including China, the United Kingdom, and Australia require it or will soon require it as a subject, in the United States 90% of K-12 schools do not teach it.


It’s not as hard to learn as people think. You can teach yourself the basics of computer programming or coding as it it referred to. Over the next week an organization called code.org is promoting a campaign to get 10 million people participating in the Hour of Code. A variety of self-guided tutorials will take you through coding and will award a certificate at the end. It not only demonstrates the use of computers in self-directed learning activities, it also demonstrates the power of immediate feedback, the challenge of earning badges (or trophies as they call them) and a completely absorbing intellectual activity that is actually fun.

Intrigued? Go to http://csedweek.org/ and sign up.

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