Developed at University of California, Berkeley, Snap!is a free drag-and-drop programming interface designed to help students learn to program. Snap!’s visual interface works in any browser on a user’s laptop, as well as on an iPad or Android tablet. To design a program in Snap!, users simply drag commands into a sequence in the scripts panel. The commands are represented by labeled jigsaw puzzle pieces that snap together to create a program. Users can try to run their program at any time to see how it will be executed. After previewing their program, they can go back and add or delete pieces as they see fit. Teachers who have a mix of iPads, Android tablets, and laptops in their classrooms can have all of their students use the same programming interface.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology’s(NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award celebrates educators at the high school level who encourage girls’ interest in technology. Recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to support the participation of girls in computing.
Formed in 2014, Latina Girls Code (LGC) was created to fill the diversity gap between girls aged 7–17 who are interested in technology. The program provides mentors, access to hardware and digital tools, as well as internships through various programs and events throughout the year.