This week, the world celebrates Computer Science Education week and as we encourage every educator to participate in the Hour of Code, many feel as if this subject is intimidating to them. In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we welcome on members from the Scratch and Nepris teams to discuss how easy it is to get your students prepared for their futures through easy to use applications that will unlock a world of possibilities for them.
The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit www.techeducatorpodcast.com.
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The Scratch Foundation provides financial support for the development and dissemination of Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), the world’s largest coding platform for children. The Foundation enables Scratch to be free for all as an essential tool for young people to reason systematically, work collaboratively, and think creatively with code. Scratch is also used by organizations around the world as an entry point to help kids learn to code. In the past year, there were more than 100 million unique visitors to the Scratch website.
Scratch: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in an online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for the 21st century. Since the initial launch of Scratch, young people (ages 8 and up) have shared more than 18 million projects on the Scratch website, with more than 22,000 new projects added every day. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, led by Mitchel Resnick at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge at scratch.mit.edu.
Saskia Leggett is the Scratch Outreach Manager at the Scratch Foundation, where she builds relationships with organizations, curates and runs Scratch events and experiences, and shares resources and expertise. Saskia first joined the Scratch Team in 2014 as a Learning Experience Designer, writing, designing, and creating tutorials, videos, and guides for Scratchers and facilitators. Earlier in her career, she taught a middle school technology course at a charter school in New Orleans and helped develop education technology ventures. Saskia believes in the transformative power of events and is passionate about providing pathways to discovering and exploring creative computing through Scratch.
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Nepris allows educators to virtually bring industry professionals into their classrooms. Students have live, face-to-face engagements with industry experts – connecting lesson plans with real-world application, career-exploration, resume-prep, mock interviews, project mentorship, and more – without any travel, permissions, or coordinating.
Sabari Raja has a strong track record in building and launching successful education technology products in markets around the globe. Prior to starting Nepris, she worked for 15 years with the Education Technology division of Texas Instruments to lead product and content strategy, publisher relations, business development, partnership and alliance ecosystem for new EdTech products. Sabari has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India, Masters in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an Executive MBA degree from Cox School of Business, SMU.
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