Coding Kids

One great benefit of technology is the ability to teach kids how to code. Here are seven apps provided by Edutopia that are helping kids digitally. These apps are either meant for classrooms (e.g. there are multiple student accounts on one app) or for home.

In such a growing digital world, should coding be integrated into the classroom? Is it necessary or should it be determined later based on what the child ends up studying?


Writing Digitally

study conducted by the Pew Research Center has shown that teachers like what technology is bringing to the classroom, but they are concerned about how it affects writing. While many students feel more comfortable writing digitally and those students feel like they are able to be more creative when writing digitally, teachers are concerned that it might be hindering their students’ writing. In this digital world, kids are able to tweet things in 140 characters or less. That means they use shortcuts and don’t have time to fully explain things. That might be affecting the writing process when it comes to the classroom.

“Students now because of technology have the ability to feel a lot more flexible about what they write, to take more creative risks with what they write and to make more attempts,” said Jennifer Barbknecht, an English language arts teacher at Berkner High School in Richardson (Kera News).