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Clorox Moves School Programs to the Head of the Class
Clorox sells bleach, 409, Liquid-Plumr, Glad trash bags, Pine-Sol and a number of other products you probably use all the time. The Oakland-based company continues to gives back to the community as its school grant program, Power A Bright Future, heads into its fourth year. This year, Clorox will award seven K-12 schools with grants totaling $200,000.
#Clorox supports community schools with #PowerABrightFuture grant program. http://goo.gl/wk4cO
The Mechanical MOOC
Some big names in online education—MIT OpenCourseware, OpenStudy, Peer to Peer University and Codeacademy—are launching a new introductory course in the programming language Python. “The mechanical MOOC is an attempt to leverage the power of the open web by loosely joining together a set of independent building blocks,” said P2PU co-founder Philipp Shmidt.
Five Ways to Learn Code from the Comfort of Your Own Browser
Five ways to learn code without leaving the house. #TechCrunch offers a helpful list. http://goo.gl/Bboqp
What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?
MindShift’s Frank Catalano offers this examination between the two concepts. “Gamification is the current bright-shiny of the three terms — and, as a result, is the most used and frequently misused. But the cleanest definition is straightforward: gamification is adding game elements and mechanics to things that aren’t designed to be games.” But there’s a difference between gamification, simulations and (simply) games.
MindShift explores the difference between games and #gamification. Not every game is educational and not all education requires games. http://goo.gl/fXLiy
Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft
The New York Times’ Motoko Rich offers videos of five teachers doing what they do best. Check out the methods of Victoria Tyson (10th grade world history), Aika Aggarwal (fourth grade math), Scott Harding (preschool), Loredana Wicketts (fourth grade history) and Juliana Worrell (first grade).
NYT’s five videos of top teachers explaining their craft. Victoria Tyson, Aika Aggarwal, Scott Hardin, Loredana Wicketts and Juliana Worrell http://goo.gl/1bLnd