Showing posts with label Harvard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harvard. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Scratch 3.0 and a New Creative Computing Curriculum Guide

Earlier this summer I shared the news that Scratch 3.0 would be available in a beta form in August. August is still a couple of hours away, but Scratch 3.0 is actually available now. I just went to the Scratch 3.0 beta site and it is live. You can try the new Scratch online editor right now!

Scratch 3.0 offers the following new features:
  • A new extension system for programming physical devices.
  • New characters, sounds, and backgrounds.
  • Updated editors for characters and sounds.
  • Improved support for use on tablets. 
It is important to note that Scratch 3.0 is still a beta product. The full, stable version is expected to be ready in January. The current desktop and browser versions of Scratch (Scratch 2.0) are still available and all projects created in those versions will continue to work as normal. 

New Creative Computing Curriculum Guide!
A big Scratch conference at MIT just wrapped-up. I wish that I could have gone. Fortunately, some of the conference presentation resources are available online. One of those resources is the new Creative Computing Curriculum Guide (link opens PDF) published by the ScratchEd team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 32 page guide includes a nice template for planning a mini Scratch project, prompts for thinking about remixing projects, and guidelines for assessment. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Learn Computer Science and Coding With This edX Course

Through edX Harvard has made an updated version of their popular CS50 course available to everyone. The twelve week course is designed for people who do not have any prior coding experience. The course begins with the basics of how computers work before moving through the languages C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Other topics covered in the course include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development.

Applications for Education
If you have high school students who are interested in computer science, but your school doesn't offer a course for them, working through CS50 on edX could be a good way for those students to receive a comprehensive introduction to computer science and programming.

H/T to Open Culture

Sunday, January 22, 2012

World Map - Visualize, Explore, and Publish Geographic Information

World Map is a free program developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. World Map is designed to enable creation, visualization, and exploration of geographically referenced information. In other words, you can build some great mapped data visualizations on the service.

To create a map on World Map you can use the more than 1800 data sets that are stored in the service or you can upload your own data sets. The majority of the data sets in the World Map library have abstracts explaining a bit about the purpose and scope of the data. There are five default base maps that you can choose to build upon. Alternatively, you can choose to create your map completely from scratch and upload your own base layer to build upon. Maps that you create on World Map can be embedded into a website, printed, or viewed in Google Earth.

The video below provides a short overview of how to create a map using World Map. There are many other how-to videos on the HGA YouTube channel.


Applications for Education
If you're looking for web-based map creation and analysis tools that offer more than you can find in Google Maps, give World Map a try. You might start out using World Map in your classroom by using the data set library then expand its use by having students create and or find other data sets to import.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Justice, What's the Right Thing to Do?

Harvard is offering a free online course called Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? The course will explore compelling, difficult, questions of justice and morality. The course spans twelve lectures each exploring topics like "The Moral Side of Murder" and "A Lesson in Lying." In addition to the twelve lecture videos, the course website includes supplemental readings and discussion guides. The course website also includes the capability for groups taking the course together to create an online discussion circle.

Watch this video introduction to learn more about this free learning opportunity.


Thanks to Open Culture for the link to the YouTube Channel for this course.

Applications for Education
The questions and topics addressed in this course could be used to create a compelling elective course for college-bound high school seniors.

Harvard Offers Tuition-Free Graduate Program

Harvard has created a new doctoral program in education leadership. If you can get accepted to the program, which starts in August 2010, the tuition is free. The program will accept twenty-five applicants. Participants in the program will spend two years taking new courses designed for this program. Participants will then spend one year in the field working with a partner organization to make transformational change in education. It sounds like a very exciting program. You can read more about it, including how to apply, here.