The announcement of the new micro:bit V2 has excited STEAM educators around the world. The new board will feature some exciting components and, therefore, new ways for students to explore programming and computer science with MakeCode! Speaking of the MakeCode platform, if you're new to this environment, it can be used with the micro:bit (original or V2) and plenty of other STEAM tools (including in Cue Robot programming) to introduce students to computer coding concepts that they can practice in school or remotely. MakeCode also supports coding in block or text languages, providing a viable option for students with different interests and abilities!
Social-emotional learning and health are crucial elements of a child’s education at all times and, especially as the pandemic continues to upend traditional learning, it’s become even more of a focus within more and more school districts. The importance of SEL is highly touted and many educational leaders have created positions within their schools or districts to ensure that all students are appropriately managing and processing their emotions – something that can have an effect on their academic performance and overall mental health. So, for this week’s Rising Resources post, we decided to take a look at an online social-emotional learning resource known as StrongMinded. With StrongMinded, educators can provide students with the tools, resources, and attitudes they need to thrive socially and emotionally. Keep reading to learn more!
Last week, we were excited to be joined by Tim Tomaso from the Wonder Workshop Coding Development team to put on a webinar for educators interested in using the virtual Dash program in remote and hybrid learning. For those who may not know, the Wonder Workshop team has gone above and beyond to make sure that their coding and robotics tools (or, at the very least, digital variations of them) remain available to students who might be learning from home. The availability of the Dash’s Neighborhood platform allows students to explore coding concepts and create authentic programs online just like they would with the physical Dash robot. Keep reading to learn more and find out how to access the webinar recording if you missed it live.