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Monday, December 11, 2017

CSEd Week (Post-Script) - More and More Code for Everyone!

We have already used many of the Blockley-Style Programming tutorials found on Code.Org.  Now, without creating an account, try some of the tutorials on other programming languages found on  Here is some basic information (taken directly from their About Us page) to get you started.  Good Luck! 

What is freeCodeCamp?

We’re a community that helps you learn to code, then get experience by contributing to open source projects used by nonprofits.

How can you help me learn to code?

You'll learn to code by completing coding challenges and building projects. You'll also earn verified certificates along the way. We also encourage you to join a study group in your city so you can code in-person with other people.

Is freeCodeCamp really free?

Yes. Every aspect of freeCodeCamp is 100% free.

Can freeCodeCamp help me get a job as a software developer?

Yes. Every year, thousands of people who join the freeCodeCamp community get their first software developer job.

How can I get a job?

Most people get jobs through friends and hiring managers they know from coding events. There are also services that can help you get interviews.

How long will it take me to finish each of freeCodeCamp's certificates?

Each certificate takes around 400 hours of dedicated learning. Some people may take longer. These certificates are completely self-paced, so take as long as you need.

Is freeCodeCamp a replacement for a 4-year degree?

No. Please don’t drop out of college just to pursue freeCodeCamp. You can pursue both concurrently. Even though you don’t need a 4-year degree to work as a software developer, it still helps a lot.

Should I complete all of the coding challenges in order?

We’ve put a lot of thought into how we introduce concepts. But you’re free to jump around.

Where can I get technical support for using the platform?

Here are answers to common technical support questions.

- freeCodeCamp Information Above Taken Directly From Their Site!
Click The Link Below To Start:

You can also try tutorials for many different programming languages.  There are also coding resources on

If you are super-advanced, and really want a challenge, 

The definitive JavaScript handbook for your next developer interview 
(14 minute read):

Here are 450 free online programming and computer science courses you can start in December (browsable list):
Google Doc Link To Resources:

Bonus: Learn how to build an API using Node.js with this free in-depth YouTube tutorial 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Google Santa Tracker - Educational Holiday Fun Online!

Google Earth has been helping to track Santa since 2004.  The Santa Tracker on NORAD Santa Tracker is super-cool too!  Everyone can go to and enjoy some holiday activites for all ages!  The site claims to let user's "Explore, play and learn with Santa's elves all December long"

According to Wikipedia:
Google Santa Tracker is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program by Google, Inc. that allows users to track Santa during Christmas Eve and before that allows users to play, watch, and learn through little activities that are added daily from the start of December. Most of the year, Google Santa Tracker gets an average of 30,000–45,000 views, but around the holiday season starting early October, it increases to around 150,000, which is fewer[2] than Google's rival santa tracker, NORAD Tracks Santa.[3]

So let the holiday spirit fill your screen for a few minutes, and wander around in this fun, playful land of activities designed to inspire students, and make even the grumpiest Scrooge SMILE!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brainscape - Flashcards and Much More

Do you remember tediously creating flash cards for various subjects in school when you were a kid?  Ever thought that the process of making them was half the battle, but that is how you learned what you needed to know?  Maybe your Middle School teacher was not as crazy as you thought?

Wish you had some flash cards for ASVABS, University subjects, or for just about any other subject?

I stumbled on this fantastic site the other day that has just that, and a whole lot more!  Check out  BRAINSCAPE!  But these are not the hundreds of index cards you must have made as a kid, this is a scientifically proven (their words, not mine) that is described below:

Brainscape's core experience is based on a scientifically proven adaptive flashcards algorithm that repeats concepts in a pattern that is optimized to your pace of learning. Beginning as an Excel spreadsheet in a cognitive science lab at Columbia University, Brainscape has since evolved into a robust web & mobile learning ecosystem. Millions of people around the world are now using Brainscape to dramatically amplify their study results. 
                                                       - Excerpt taken directly from

Check out the video below for more information and then follow the link to a full list of all the subjects that flashcards are created for here: BRAINSCAPE ALL SUBJECTS

Creating, Studying, and Sharing your own content is always FREE!  There are membership fees for premium content, and other features vary.  There are also pre-made decks to share for specific subjects and education products.  This is a great way to share knowledge with students, and have them share it back with you about topics they know well.  Spend some time using this both personally and professionally, and you will see the benefits right away!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hadi Partovi's (Founder of Code.Org) Open Letter for CSED Week 2017


A Letter From Hadi Partovi, Founder of Code.Org, to kick off Computer Science Education Week 2017:

On the 4th anniversary of the #HourOfCode, we’re celebrating record momentum for computer science. We have big announcements to share and a new video to inspire students!

The big event
Monday, the top women in tech – Melinda Gates, Peggy Johnson, Sheryl Sandberg, and Susan Wojcicki – joined president Alice Steinglass and CSTA lead Deborah Seehorn to kick off CS Education Week. 

Almost 200 governments, school districts, and nonprofits pledge to expand CS for millions of students, globally:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana, and Pennsylvania, all announced plans to expand CS in schools, joined by 76 U.S. school districts and 80 nonprofits. Internationally, 20 nonprofits and entire countries pledged to expand CS programs for 20,000 teachers and over 2 million students. Read (and share) the news here.

"Anything worth doing doesn't come easy."
Watch basketball champ Stephen Curry try the Hour of Code!

Check it out on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube

He’s joining Stacy Hinojosa (StacyPlays), Sheryl Sandberg, Russell Wilson, Susan Wojcicki, and myself to inspire kids. When you do your Hour of Code, post your creation to get a personal video chat with one of us!

Make a simple app in one hour 
Check out’s new App Lab activity.  

AppLab, our coding tool for middle and high school, is now open for anyone to build JavaScript apps. If you’re ready to go beyond block-based coding, the new Hour of Code tutorial helps you design a “choose your adventure” app in JavaScript or blocks. Making your own web app has never been easier.

10 million girls have accounts on!
This milestone is personal for me. If only 1% of the girls actively learning on continued past high school, they’d outnumber the gender gap in university CS!   

I’m immensely proud of all the students – boys and girls – who have shown that anybody can learn. We can’t wait to see what you create.

What matters most comes after the Hour of Code
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, every country is participating in the Hour of Code, and together we’ll pass 500 million “hours served” to celebrate the 4th anniversary of this incredible campaign.

But one hour is only the beginning. Go beyond an Hour of Code and pledge to bring computer science to your school

The global movement continues to accelerate, thanks to you and your support for our shared vision that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.  

I’m forever humbled and grateful for your support.

Hadi Partovi

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