In celebration of Computer Science Education Week December 4-10, we’ve released a new Hour of Code challenge in Swift Playgrounds for iPad. In this new challenge, students can use logic and Swift code to build The Incredible Code Machine. They can still choose last year’s challenge with Byte and friends to learn the basics of coding. Both are fun ways to explore teaching, writing, and learning code.
Schools can host their own Hour of Code event in class or after school by downloading the Swift Playgrounds app and Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. Teachers can also sign up for a Today at Apple coding session at their local Apple Store. We encourage everyone to share their unique creations with @AppleEDU on Twitter using #EveryoneCanCode.
In addition, Apple has updated the Everyone Can Code curriculum with new app design and prototyping activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The Learn to Code teacher guides for middle schools feature new lessons with robots, drones, and other devices. The App Development with Swift curricula for high schools have been updated for Xcode 9 and Swift 4. You can download these updated resources from the iBooks Store.
Information provided by Apple.
- Goals that were already mastered would have been in the student’s comfort zone.
- Goals too challenging would have put the students in their panic zone.
- Knowing where the benchmarks were, we set some goals just beyond their current performance levels. This was that magical zone where students push forward and learn best. Their learning zone.
With our goals in mind we introduced a discussion of concepts in lighting, composition, camera angles, leading lines, etc., that the students could use to improve their photography.
(Morehead, Kentucky) – Teachers from Lawrence, Meniffee, Lee, and Ohio Counties spent three long and productive days honing their skills in modern communications. Today’s student is required to use visual, audio, text, speech, and all forms of communication to successfully navigate today’s working world. The 2017 Western Kentucky Mountain Workshops Teacher Track exposed educators to an array of tools and techniques.
As you can see from the photos below, this was a sun up to well past sun down, hands-on workshop that pushed teachers out of their comfort zones and presented new opportunities for their students. While much of the workshop is focused on photojournalism, it is really a program on CRITICAL THINKING. Analyze. Take appropriate action. Evaluate. Adjust. Achieve best results.
It is hard to explain this experience, but we wanted to share some of the knowledge you can benefit your students. Here are a series of links to video resources:
Basics of Photography http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=738 Complete with downloadable presentation showing basic composition, lighting and ways to make more interesting, engaging and memorable photos.
Story Telling http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1052
Illustrating Your Point http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1049
The Interview-Better Story Telling http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1053 All the help you need to produce better video interviews. Sound is important. Preparation is critical.
The Process http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=714 How to organize your students to help them evaluate information, create ideas, outline a story and produce a meaningful project.
2017 WKU Mountain Workshops http://mountainworkshops.org
2017 WKU Mountain Workshops Video https://vimeo.com/240334679?ref=fb-share&1
(Morehead, Ky) – Morehead State University students and faculty are leading a space revolution from small satellite development to tracking space craft in deep space. MSU Space Science is being featured at the International Astronautical Congress meeting this week in Adelaide, Australia. Watch the introductory video and learn why Kentucky is producing space scientists for this new space race. Also see if you are eligible for the Dataseam Scholars at Morehead State University program.
(Williamsburg, KY) – The DataseamGrid is comprised of thousands of computers working 24-hours a day to help researchers find new treatments for cancer. We talk about thousands of teachers benefiting from Dataseam workshops. We point with pride to industry-standard Certified Technicians supporting school technology. We highlight Dataseam Scholarships supporting college students. Sometimes it is nice to look at what these students have accomplished. Craig Roaden – In His Own Words.
My name is Craig Roaden. I am a graduate of Whitley County High School and the University of Louisville. I am currently employed as a Process Technician for Michelin North America. I work at Michelin’s premier facility for cutting-edge Ultrahigh Performance tirelines in Greenville, South Carolina. I could not have achieved these feats and paved a way for a rewarding future without the help of Dataseam initiatives and scholarship programs. These opportunities have allowed me to embrace new technologies and prepare myself for the advancements that the workforce demands.
The Dataseam Scholars program at the University of Louisville helps students from participating school districts chase their dreams. Apply Today.
Dataseam supports many Kentucky high schools with grants and funding to promote interest of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Our school system (grade schools to high school) has used this funding to update our classrooms and integrate new technologies and computer systems into our curriculum. I had personal involvement taking computer programing and multimedia applications courses my senior year. I am a firm believer that exposing students to technology and STEM career possibilities will motivate them to succeed in their careers and higher education goals. Having access to these databases and equipment helped affirm my choice to seek higher education in engineering. The support from my family and foundations in our community and school system helped me become an Eagle Scout, Kentucky Governor Scholar, Commonwealth Ambassador, and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels all before high school graduation.
As a high school scholar in Kentucky, Dataseam opened many doors for my future. Dataseam provides scholarships for students, like me, to help educate themselves in STEM fields. With the scholarship assistance from Dataseam, I was able to financially afford to remain in-state and attend the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Remaining in-state allowed me to stay close to my family and support Kentucky’s universities. With the help and support of Dataseam’s presence at UofL, I was offered a variety of networking among faculty, staff, and provosts across the UofL campus I would not have otherwise known. These relationships helped blossom in my involvement in many campus societies and groups including the Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, etc. As a Dataseam scholar, I quickly became involved with the admissions department as a campus shadow host and student ambassador. University of Louisville does a magnificent job in welcoming future students and answering their questions. I have been honored to serve at college fairs and student panels to help parents and students alike prepare for the college transition and learn about opportunities available through programs like Dataseam. In 5 short years I have earned a B.S. and Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and graduated debt-free. I thank Dataseam involvement in my education and helping utilize my time on campus. I am very thankful to enter the workforce without any student debts holding me back. I earned the W.S. Speed award for substantial contributions to the Speed School community as well as a J.B. Speed Alumni Award. I am chasing my dreams and becoming the adult and contributing citizen I am proud to be.
Not only has Dataseam been an inspiration and a foundational block in my education and successes, but it also allows opportunity for students like me to give back to the community, local universities, and the state as a whole. Dataseam has a strong role in supporting the local cancer centers and a well-known university presence. Dataseam seeks to educate the masses and support local families and schools and nourishing young minds to seek new and exciting careers of the future in engineering and scientific fields by helping them get grants and funding for higher education and new opportunities. I strongly urge you to continue the narrative of the hundreds of students, scholars, cancer patients, and engineers like myself that have benefitted from this company’s continual work.
Craig Aaron Roaden, Process Technician for Michelin North America