Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Alphabet of Friendship



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming

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Code Studio Code.org
Since its creation, Code.org‘s mission has been to get coding into curriculums for students as schools nationwide. Today, the nonprofit group is launching Code Studio, a combined set of tools and curriculum to get students in kindergarten through high school interested in the underlying concepts behind coding through guided lesson plans.
Rather than having kids pick up a language like Python or Java (as you would in a college or AP Computer Science class), Code Studio teaches the underlying concepts in programming through the manipulation of blocks of logic that, when stacked together in a particular order, move a          character around a scene or draw a shape. The interface works a lot likeMIT’s Scratch, though Code.org director of product Mona Akmal told me over a Google Hangout that there are a few key      difference’s between MIT’s offering and Code Studio, chief among them the use of HTML5               (so it can run in   most browsers) and the puzzle-based lesson plans for K-12 students.
Outside of the actual user interface, Code.org was able to take advantage of awareness around         its cause (bolstered by its “Hour of Code” campaign) to bring in big names like Mark Zuckerberg    and Bill Gates to film video segments introducing concepts as well as use assets from popular brands like Angry Birds in their lessons:
Code.org Code Studio Mark Zuckerberg Bill Gates
The other big differentiator in Code Studio is an interface for teachers to monitor where their           students are in the lesson progression. It’a a natural addition (seeing as how Code.org wants              to see this kind of curriculum show up in schools) that allows for teachers to manage their own classes or librarians/computer lab staff to coordinate lessons for students across grade levels:
Code.org Code Studio teacher interface
While Code.org hopes that schools will introduce Code Studio to their students, they also feel                they’ve provided an environment that will encourage kids to start making their own games and            apps and share them after they’ve completed the lessons considered appropriate for their grade level. To encourage such sharing, Code Studio allows users to create a link to their projects that            will let friends and family play with their efforts via sharing over SMS and social networks.
source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/11/code-org-launches-code-studio-a-toolset-and-curriculum-for-teaching-kids-programming/?ncid=rss

Friday, September 5, 2014

Judgemental



Unconsciously, we choose how we see people. 
When we like someone, we are tolerant. 
When we don’t, we focus on their fault.
 It is not other people’s true persona that determines how we feel about them. 
It is our attitude, the Human tendency to Prejudge.
Nature's Eye: naomispenny.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Opportunity to Speak

Photo credit: akshatrathi.wordpress.com

We cannot make all people understand us. 
We have to accept that having the opportunity to speak does not always give us the privilege to be understood. 
So when we have the chance to speak to a person or in public be an inspiration and uplift their spirit. If you can, make them smile too. 
In short, speak with sense and substance.
Do not miss the chance to change people's lives 
Nature's eye: naomispenny.blogspot.com


Monday, September 1, 2014

Cute Kitten Loves Water

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A kitten who loves to play water...oh no....my water bill (joke only)