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 several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of June.
The American Library Association’s (ALA) competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get US libraries “ready to code.”