Can a board game teach coding to preschoolers?

blue-6201-300x229NPR posted a story that came across my Facebook page. The author, Elise Hu, tells us about how a new board game is targeting preschoolers in the hopes of teaching them how to code. You can view Hu’s article This Board Game Aims to Teach Preschoolers How to Code by clicking here.

To briefly summarize the article, the board game was developed by start-up entrepreneur and former Google employee, Dan Shapiro. He decided to come up with a way to play a game with his kids that wouldn’t bore him. So, he came up with his own game called Robot Turtles. It’s a board game, not a computer game, that teaches the fundamentals of programming. The game doesn’t use words to do this. Instead, children learn “by cutting out clip art cards and moving the cards based on what the kids were doing”.

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50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today

I came across this blog post on Edudemic and wanted to share. Below is an image of a Symbaloo Gallery Webmixof 50 Apps that you can use in the classroom. The Gallery was made by LaSonya Cobbs,an Instructional Technology Specialist for New Caney ISD, where she works with teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms.

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Click image to go to the 50 Apps Webmix

Website Highlight: graphite.org

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The Graphite site is full of useful information including reviews of applications, app flows, and teacher blogs. Here is a link to the top picks for the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning. I would encourage you to check out the site and spend some time reading the teacher blogs and boards.

Below are a few links to some of the teacher blogs and app flows that I found interesting:

Teacher blogs:

App flows:

Issue: I tried to subscribe to the Graphite Blog (teacher blogs), but I couldn’t for some reason. It currently links you to the code feed. I also tried to type in the URL to add a blog in WordPress, but it said that the site didn’t have an Atom or RSS feed associated with it. So, for now I’ll just be clicking on the links to follow…or checking my email. If you have any advice on how I can add the teacher blogs to my page, please let me know.