Tag Archives: coding

New programming environments for learning (September 2020)

Despite the debilitating chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, exciting progress was made in producing new programming environments for learners. The following is a round-up the latest news, opportunities, and learning environments for you and your students. TurtleArt On the Web! You’re likely aware that TurtleArt is our favorite software environment for introducing kids and teachers […]

Ask Me Anything with Conrad Wolfram – June 30th (morning)

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of Wolfram – the “math company” behind Mathematica, Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha (which powers knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri) for over 30 years. Wolfram pioneers new approaches to data science and computation-based development, with technology and consulting solutions that drive innovation in analytics, […]

This is Our Moment!

I hope that anyone reading this is healthy and sane during this period of uncertainty. Teachers and kids alike are grieving over the loss of freedom, social interactions, and normalcy. Many families, even those never before considered at-risk, are terrified of the potential for financial ruin or catastrophic health risks. Since I’m all about the […]

What’s Your Hurry?

All children should learn to program, not because it may lead to a job, but because it is a new liberal art and grants young people agency over an increasingly and technologically sophisticated world. At a time of rising authoritarianism and science denialism, it seems prudent to provide kids with experiences that develop a systematic […]

Donorschoose May Be Used to Fund CMK Participation!

Public school educators may use crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose, to fund their participation in Constructing Modern Knowledge! The entire registration fee may be crowdfunded via DonorsChoose. Food, travel, and lodging may be partially funded. Matching funds are automatically available if this is the first time you have used DonorsChoose. Successful DonorsChoose Projects will cover the following costs: $950 […]

School Administrators Make the Case for Teams at CMK

If you want teachers to truly increase student learning in the classroom, they need to (re)experience how those students actually learn. The power in the CMK conference is directly related to amount of time teachers spend learning as students. After reconnecting to that process, our teachers walked away from CMK with a newfound energy and […]

The Subtlety of Prompt Setting

In Chapter Four of our new book, Invent to Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, we discuss the importance of prompt setting as a basis for project-based learning. I argue that “a good prompt is worth 1,000 words.” Projects are not the occasional dessert you get as a reward after consuming a […]

Professional Development Gets Personal

Hello World is a free, glossy, well-edited magazine for educators published by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gary Stager wrote two featured articles in the first four issues of the publication. His article, Professional Development Gets Personal, shares lessons learned over a decade of Constructing Modern Knowledge.                 Veteran […]

Beat the Winter Blahs with Classroom Making Books

It’s time to beef-up your classroom making library Here’s a chance to spend your Amazon gift cards and brighten your classroom with kids learning by making. The following is an assortment of recent discoveries to inspire independent reading, making, tinkering, and engineering in your classroom. There are beautiful project books filled with how-to advice, fun […]

It’s a Book!

I’m thrilled to announce that our publishing company, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, has released a new and expanded second edition of our book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. The new book is available in softcover, hardcover, and Kindle editions. Sylvia Martinez and I are enormously proud of how Invent To Learn has […]