Sunday, May 29, 2016

New Coding with Chrome App


New ‘Coding With Chrome’ App Helps Students Learn to Code

A new Google app helps students learn more about programming with using web technologies.

The search giant’s ‘Coding with Chrome’ app is billed in the Web Store as: ‘an educational IDE showing off various Google EDU technologies’.
Although in beta the app works well. It allows students to program in Blockly, Coffeescript, HTML, and Javascript, both visually, both through a GUI and a traditional ‘text’ interface, and see instant visual “results” of their code.
Students can out-put projects in Logo Turtle and/or to connected ‘smart’ toys likeSphero and Lego Mindstorms.

Coding with Chrome is a free app available from the Chrome Web Store. It is currently in beta.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Governor McAuliffe signs education bills at Wakefield

Governor Terry McAuliffe came to Wakefield High School in Arlington this morning to sign the High School Redesign legislation (SB 336/HB 895) as well as legislation for Adjunct CTE Teachers (SB 573/HB 279).  He was received well by local elected officials, school leaders, and of course the Wakefield students.  The legislation was very popular with Arlington school leaders and teachers, who've sought the flexibility to provide students with more varied and personalized approaches to high school and post-secondary transitions.