• Fostering the Global Competencies Through Coding Activities: Part 3 of 3

    By Steve and Lisa Floyd   21st century and global competencies are the focus of educational jurisdictions everywhere, as we prepare our students to navigate a rapidly changing world where technology is ubiquitou...
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  • Micro:bit Wireless Trivia Buzzer System

      By Christian Landy   Students often enjoy playing trivia style games for consolidating and solidifying understanding of course content. The micro:bit, which is prevalent in the global education community ...
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  • Coding a Simple Number Sense Dice Game

      By:  Lisa Anne Floyd   Probability and number sense are important strands explored in math classrooms and they provide us with a fun and engaging context to explore coding concepts. In this article,...
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  • Soccer Scoring Game

        By: Lisa Anne Floyd   As the school year draws to a close for many of us, I thought I’d share a coding activity that you might try with your students in the last few days. Inspired by the FI...
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  • Fostering Global Competencies through Coding Activities: Part 2 of 3

    By Steve and Lisa Floyd   In 2016 Ontario's Ministry of Education released a foundation document for discussion that focused on 21st century and global competencies.   "What’s new in the 21st century i...
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  • Fostering Global Competencies through Coding Activities: Part 1 (of 3)

      By Steve and Lisa Floyd   Global Competencies and 21st century skills are a focus of educational initiatives around the world.  Here in Ontario, the foundation document for discussion, 21st Century ...
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  • Collaboration.pdf

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  • Self-Directed Learning.pdf

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  • How Do You Build A Making Culture Within Your School?

        By: Lesley Robertson & Ryan Matthews   How do you build a making culture within your school? This was the question we were left to ponder after a year in our brand new makerspace. We felt that ...
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  • Why Children Should Learn to Code

        By: Steven Floyd   Many parents, teachers, administrators and policy makers all around the world are exploring the potential of having young children learn to program a computer. Computer science i...
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  • Solving Equations by Coding in Python

        Have your students tried block-based coding and are they now ready for a new challenge? Check out this article related to solving equations using the Python programming language.       By:...
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  • Computational Thinking - Unplugged

      By: Lisa Anne Floyd and Barb Seaton   Unplugged activities are often used as an approach to learn computer science concepts without the use of computers. There is research that supports the use of unplugge...
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  • Students Can Program Financial Literacy Game with Scratch & Makey Makey

    By: Lisa Anne Floyd and Steven Floyd   The types of coding and computational thinking (CT) activities that we find to be most valuable are the ones that incorporate a wide variety of concepts and skills.   ...
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  • The 12 Blocks of "Codemas" in Trillium Lakelands District School Board

      Across Ontario, there are educators finding exciting and innovative ways of bringing coding and computational thinking concepts to students. In this article, we share the #12BlocksOfCodemas activities challenge...
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  • The Secret Life of a Non-Coding Coder

    By: Kyle Kitchen   This isn’t an article about the benefits of coding or computational thinking,- we know how coding is benefiting our schools (I will also leave that to some amazing experts out there). Thi...
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  • InnovationCreativityAndEntrepreneurship-CodingCT.pdf

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  • Computational Thinking and the Mid-Range Jumper

    By Steve Floyd   In the grade 12 Computer Programming and Computer Science courses we often help students develop an understanding of how computer science and data can work together to find solutions to everyd...
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  • Coding and Making

    By Dr. Janette Hughes and Laura Dobos   In September, 2016 the UOIT STEAM 3D Maker Lab began a journey to determine how maker pedagogies could be implemented in Ontario schools. The STEAM 3D Maker Lab is located...
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  • Building Transferable Skills through Coding

    (National Research Council, July 2012)     By: Peter Skillen   "The principal activities of brains are making changes in themselves."--Marvin L. Minsky (from The Society of Mind, 1986)   I want st...
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