Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

Scratch Flashcards

Classroom Tips: How to Manage Scratch Flashcards

In my previous post, I described some classroom games to play with Scratch flashcards. Scratch flashcards are a resource available with the purchase of any TechnoKids Scratch project. Scratch flashcards are large, printed manipulative tools. They are large images of Scratch coding blocks. These instructional materials can be used as part of an offline coding …

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Free Offline Coding Activity using Scratch Blocks

TechnoKids provides teachers with resources they can use to teach an offline coding activity. All TechnoKids customers have access to free Scratch coding blocks. These are available from the TechnoHub Resource Center. There are two versions including colored and outline. To learn more about these valuable instructional materials read the blog post, Free Scratch Flashcards …

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Free Scratch Flashcards for Offline Coding Activity

Here’s an offline coding activity that is ideal for kids: build scripts with large paper Scratch blocks that look like the “real thing”. Scratch is an online platform that introduces children to programming. Students can use Scratch to design animations, stories, puzzles, and games. They do this by controlling the actions of characters called sprites. …

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Peer Review & Programming – A Great Coding Strategy

Here’s a key game coding strategy for beginner programmers: pair up to test often, not just at the end of your project. Whenever your students are designing a game with Scratch or other programming language, they should have a friend test their code at different stages throughout the design process. Often when teaching coding, a …

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