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Can you use Scratch Based Coding to Teach Social Studies?

Scratch based Coding and Programming
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In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we take a look at creative things you can do in your Social Studies classroom that bring Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication to your students.  These examples can be adapted to students of all grade levels and many of them involve coding and programming skills… something you don’t usually associate with the humanities classrooms.  

We would love to learn how you are being creative in your classroom. Please leave a message below in our comments section and share links to your classroom creativity.

In this episode, you will learn …

  • 5 Ways Coding can be used in the Social Studies Classroom
    • Coding is a great way to let kids use the knowledge they are studying. The platform lets them do amazing stuff and gives them plenty of points for authentic choice. In Sam’s classroom scratch is one of the secret weapons of engagement and differentiation.
  • Screencastify
    • Screencastify is a free Chrome extension that allows teachers to record their computer screens using the Chrome Browser.  In addition to it being one of the best and simplest screencast applications for Chromebooks, it’s also one of the best ways for a teacher or student to record themselves using the front-facing camera.

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This weeks question is:

Question: In what ways can STEM or STEAM activities be used in your Social Studies classrooms?  

Please leave your answer in the comments section below and let us know your thoughts.

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In this episode we discovered how STEM and the Humanities classrooms can merge to create a seamless learning environment.  This week, take a moment to challenge your students with a Coding or Programming lesson.  Let us know what you have done this week in the comments section below.

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Recorded November 7, 2017

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Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!

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