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Beginners Coding Guide Online Resource for Educators

Attention teachers and home school parents, AT&T has just released an online Beginners Coding Guide. It is a free interactive learning resource to introduce basics of coding. By reading information and answering questions students gain valuable programming knowledge. Upon completion, they earn a certificate to celebrate their accomplishment.

This online resource contains four modules about Programming, Data and Variables, Control Structures, and Sorting. Each module is divided into short assignments. An assignment begins with text that students must read to learn about programming. Afterwards, they answer multiple-choice questions to demonstrate their knowledge.  

Students control the pace of learning. By clicking the Next button, they move from one section to the next. At the end of each module is a Lesson Recap.

Tips to Use the Beginners Coding Guide in Your Curriculum

Set Aside a Block of Instructional Time: The modules must be completed in one class. Students cannot bookmark their place and return to it later.  For this reason, allocate about one hour for completion.

Guide Students Through Resource: If instructional time is limited or students struggle with their reading skills you may want to act as a course tour guide. Read the information together as a class, and then have each student on their device select an answer to a quiz question. This will allow everyone to progress through the modules before the class period ends.

Monitor Quiz Taking: To foster a love of learning, if students select the wrong answer during a Beginners Coding Guide quiz they can try again. This is a great way to empower students and keep them motivated. However, there is the possibility that students could skip the readings and then mindlessly pick a, then b, then c; until the correct answer reveals itself. Theoretically, your students could earn a certificate without reading the content or critically thinking about their answers. To promote learning, actively monitor students to verify they are using the resource as an opportunity to learn in a fun way.

Coding Resources

Do you want your students to create coding projects? TechnoKids has instructional units, called technology projects, that include a teacher guide, workbook, and resources. You will have everything you need to teach programming including step-by-step lessons, sample programs, templates, coding journals, and quizzes.

  • TechnoWhiz: Code animations and games using Scratch Jr. TechnoWhiz includes fun coding lessons for primary students. Introduce students in Grades 1-3 to programming concepts.
  • TechnoTales: Produce an animated story using coding blocks in Scratch Jr. TechnoTales has easy to follow programming lessons for elementary students. Combine storytelling with coding.
  • TechnoTurtle: Solve a maze, design a spirograph, or code a Carnival game using Python and the Turtle Library. Activities in TechnoTurtle are ideal for students in Grades 4 and up.
  • TechnoCode: Code animated scenes and games using Scratch. Reflect upon the experience using coding journals. Activities in TechnoCode are ideal for students in Grades 6 and up.
  • TechnoHTML: Design a web page using HTML and CSS. Format text, images, and hyperlinks. Lessons are ideal for middle and high school students.

Integrate Technology into a Spanish Immersion Classroom

Do you want to integrate technology into a Spanish immersion classroom? Is your instruction primarily in Spanish? TechnoKids has published the Spanish Bundle for Google Apps, a collection of three technology projects. Each project includes a teacher guide, student worksheets, and resources in Spanish. The Spanish immersion instructional materials are for middle and high school language learning programs.

Teach 21st Century Skills in a Spanish Immersion Classroom

Technology can help language learners. It can teach vocabulary through apps that use games to engage students. Recording devices allow students to practice pronunciation. As well, online sources can display in Spanish to improve reading skills. These are excellent ways to develop fluency.

However, technology has a prominent role when Spanish language proficiency is the goal. A multi-dimensional approach infuses digital literacy into all subject areas. Students use computing devices to conduct research, organize information, present findings, create publications, analyze data, develop solutions, and more!

Finding suitable materials for a Spanish immersion program can be a challenge. Teachers can waste time in an ongoing search for teaching resources that will engage students. Although, preparing your own materials is a solution, this too can be time consuming. Often creating the resources takes more time, than completing the activities.

The Spanish Bundle for Google Apps by TechnoKids Inc. offers a solution. The interdisciplinary lessons in Spanish integrate technology into curriculum to include 21st Century skills. The TechnoKids’ Spanish Bundle for Google Apps uses a project based approach to learning.

Each technology project actively involves students in the learning process. In TechnoToon, instructions explain how to create a digital story using Google Slides. This project develops presentation and storytelling skills. In TechnoResearch, learners publish a fact card in Google Docs. These lessons teach research and word processing skills. In TechnoCandy, students analyze data in Google Sheets. They recommend a business plan to boost candy sales. This activity fosters critical thinking and spreadsheet skills.

How to Use the Spanish Instructional Materials

Students with proficient multilingual and technology skills will thrive in the future. The Spanish Bundle for Google Apps has many resources to support success. They include lesson plans for Spanish teachers, Spanish worksheets and handouts for students, and Spanish language activities. Each technology project contains:

  • Teacher Guide: The teacher guide is in Spanish. It contains a curriculum plan, instructional strategies, activities, and assessment procedures. Use it to organize your lessons.
  • Student Workbook: The student workbook is in Spanish. It has step by step instructions that students follow to complete a project. Two versions of the workbook are available. The workbook is a PDF book for easy printing. In addition, the workbook is digital worksheets for paperless classrooms. Use this helpful resource to have students practice their reading comprehension and work independently.
  • Resources: The resources are in Spanish. Resources include assessment tools, samples, and templates. Assessment tools outline learning expectations. The samples are a model of a completed project and are a source of inspiration. The templates provide a framework for learning.

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Resources for Spanish Immersion Classrooms

Prepare Students for the Future

Being proficient in Spanish is an advantage. It is spoken by 440 million people. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world and is the official language in 21 countries. Spanish immersion classrooms prepare students for advanced language tracks and unique careers. Integrating technology into Spanish immersion classrooms creates meaningful learning experiences.

TechnoKids Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

First TechnoKids learning centerOn January 23, 2013 TechnoKids Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary. The company has seen a lot of change throughout the years.

The door on the first TechnoKids learning center opened in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1993. Today, there are thousands of learning centers, schools, and organizations using TechnoKids Computer Curriculum.

Twenty years ago, Windows 95, Office 97, and Google had not yet been invented. Throughout the years, the software and devices have changed. However, one thing has remained the same. Children need technology skills to be adequately prepared for the future.

TechnoKids goes international

Twenty years ago, Scott Gerard, Founder and President of TechnoKids Inc. defined the company mission: “Our mission is to combine education and technology to provide children with the core computing skills that will best prepare them for the future.”

The commitment to this mission has never wavered. In 2013, it is more important than ever that children learn to become competent, responsible digital citizens.

One of the reasons TechnoKids Inc. has been able to continually grow and prosper is because it has a dedicated group of Associates who believe in the company mission. Their loyal support and hard work have made it possible for children all over the world to learn essential technology skills using TechnoKids Computer Curriculum.

Students need technology skills

As well, the company has a loyal customer base. Scott Gerard is grateful for their support, “When I look back on our years, I am so honored that teachers have trusted TechnoKids enough to use our technology projects with their students. It is humbling to think that our materials have taught thousands and thousands of students. It is hard to imagine, but many of our first “techno” kids are now adults, with their own children.”

Christa Love, the Vice President at TechnoKids Inc., looks back on the past, “I started at TechnoKids in 1997 as a computer camp instructor. It is hard to believe that so much time has gone by. I loved TechnoKids the minute I walked through the door. I still love it today. Developing technology projects is so much fun!”

Development of new TechnoKids technology projects continues. Underway are plans for a Windows 8/Office 2013 product line. As well, in the works are some web 2.0 technology projects.

Throughout the year, TechnoKids will be running anniversary events to thank its customers.

TechnoKids 20th Anniversay

TechnoKids Milestones

1993 TechnoKids opens first learning center in Oakville, Ontario.
1997 We’re international! Alex Hatzopoulos and George Papadakis bring TechnoKids to Greece.
Christa Love and Laurie Gerard join the team.
1998 Here we grow again! TechnoKids arrives in Central America thanks to Fernando Maldonado in Guatemala and in South America thanks to Jose Benacerraf from Venezuela. Albert Tan brings TechnoKids to Malaysia and Mohan Tammana from NeoCity introduces TechnoKids to India.
Form partnership with John Knox Christian School in Oakville, Ontario.
2001 Vasu Gounden brings TechnoKids to Africa.
2002 TechnoKids comes to the Middle East when the team expands to include Faten Salah in Saudi Arabia and Surekha Kembhavi from Knowledge Hub in United Arab Emirates.
2003 Children in Japan become “techno” kids when Shelley Bearse becomes an Associate.
Jordan is introduced to TechnoKids when Randa Taysir Al Bustami joins the team.
2004 Launch first e-commerce site.
Hella Comat joins the curriculum development team.
2005 Sell first downloadable technology project.
2006 Welcome Philippines! Barry Go becomes an Associate.
2007 Release Office 2007 product line.
2008 Set up new head office in Burlington, Ontario.
2010 Release Office 2010 product line.
2013 We are not done yet! What’s next? Office 2013 product line, web 2.0 projects, and more!