October 23, 2014

Maker Summer: A Global Project Offers DIY Opportunities

During a maker party at the New York Hall of Science, kids used
MaKey MaKey circuit boards and Scratch programming language.
Photo courtesy NYSCI

Tinkerers of all ages are flexing their creative muscles during the Summer of Making and Connecting, a global project geared to empower digital crafters and match people with maker activities, online or on the street.

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game

Jason Sellers and 10th graders onscreen at 
the French American International School, San Francisco, CA.

“You hear a lot about gaming and engaging kids in STEM subjects, says teacher Jason Sellers. “So, I wondered, what does gaming look like in English?” Sellers, a teacher at the French American International School in San Francisco, found out, basing a classroom lesson in Playfic, an online community where users write, share, and play games using Inform 7, a programming system for creating interactive fiction based on natural language.

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Digital Research Technologies Offer More Information, More Distraction for High School Students, According to Pew Report

Though a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that in general, digital research tools impact students’ work positively, the study also reported that teachers believe that access to technology is also making students much more easily distracted.

Students and Teachers Celebrate National Day on Writing

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For the third annual National Day on Writing, students, teachers, writers and literacy organizations celebrated why they write in today’s tech-driven age. Ongoing partner projects include a “Why I Write Contest,” sponsored by online writing site Figment.