Don’t Miss the Best Blog Posts from 2020

Looking back over the past year of posts, we checked to see which blogs were readers’ favorites. In 2020, we set our focus on writing practical, informative, and engaging articles. The challenges of this past year were to support teachers in the unexpected and often sudden shift to remote learning. As well, we knew that the ever-changing aspect of technology demanded that educators keep up-to-date on new learning tools, apps, and resources. And finally we tried to target digital literacy and preparing students to build essential skills for the future.

5 Favorite TechnoKids News Articles of 2020

Which blog posts were teachers reading the most that were written in 2020? The top 5 are listed below. Check them out if you missed them the first time around!

  1. How do I Use Python on Chromebooks? Trinket and TechnoTurtle

Chromebooks are one of the most popular devices used in schools. And teaching programming skills is one of the top trends in preparing students for the workplace of tomorrow. We found that Trinket, a web-based coding environment designed for education, was a great fit.

teaching Python on Chromebooks
Teaching Python on Chromebooks is possible with trinket.io.
  1. How to Make a Pictograph with Google Slides

Here’s an alternative to report writing or presentation that is sure to hook student interest. Show them how to create a pictograph, a visual representation of facts. Using Google Slides, it’s easy to make a professional looking and compelling document.

How-to article for making a pictograph in Google Slides.
  1. How to Make a Flowchart for Programming Easy to Understand

Show students how to visually represent the logical thinking behind their coding steps. Flowcharts enhance learning and make programming algorithms easier to understand.

How-to article about algorithms.
  1. NEW! TechnoPython – Python Lessons for Beginners

TechnoKids’ most recent release in 2020 was TechnoPython. This programming technology project for middle and high school students is a beginner’s guide to the Python programming language. Students build games such as Pet Monster Rescue, Guess It, and Adventure Quest.

Guess It Mission
Programmer lessons for beginners,
  1. Teach Debugging to Beginners to Build Confidence

Finding and fixing ‘bugs’ or errors in code is an essential skill for beginners. This article explains how it should be taught right at the beginning of a programming unit. In this way, students avoid frustration and have a set of strategies to apply when mistakes happen.

Python and debugging
Teach debugging to beginners.

TechnoHella

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.

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