Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fwd: The Hour of Code is coming. What will you create?

Hello!

This year the Hour of Code will be the biggest and best ever. There is so much I can't wait to share, and it starts with a special video!

Creativity is our theme for the Hour of Code this year.

 

Computer science is about so much more than computers. It's about solving problems, helping humanity progress, and building a world that only existed in your mind. It's not just coding, but the things that fuel it: passion, collaboration—and creativity.

In just seven weeks, we'll kick off the Hour of Code during CS Education Week, December 3 - 9th. Students worldwide will uncover something to love about computer science, to see that they too can code and create.

Join us as we post videos and stories about creativity
With 630 million served, you've helped build the largest learning campaign in history. Help us reach 1 billion! We invite students, parents, coders, artists, teachers, and creators of all walks to share what creativity means to you. You can post to social media in this format:

Creativity is _______  What will you create? #HourOfCode www.Code.org

Post to Twitter - ideally, include a video or photo with whatever crazy thing makes you feel creative.

Host an Hour of Code
Please join the movement and sign up to host an Hour of Code this year! Raise awareness in your school that CS is crucial for students, draw support from your school leaders to expand CS offerings and programs, and recruit students into courses.

While the Hour of Code is in December, you can prepare in advance. There are one-hour activities for beginners and intermediates at all grade levels, and exciting new ones coming! Reach beyond your classroom. Host a school assembly, a parents coding night, or an activity in your community.

Need guidance on how to start? See our easy how-to guide. You can even do an Hour of Code without computers or an internet connection! See our recent blog post with tips from experienced organizers.

All new classroom posters and robotics giveaways! When you sign up for the Hour of Code, you'll get a 50% discount on six brand new inspirational posters (while supplies last) and a chance to participate in giveaways from our robotics partners. You'll be sent a link to the posters when they are available to order.



Invite a technology professional to your classroom.* Check out our volunteer database and schedule a classroom visit! We're excited to have university students, independent professionals, and volunteers from technology companies available to make the Hour of Code even more special!

Spread the word. Technology is changing every industry on the planet, and computer science has become relevant to every career—even those outside technology and engineering. For tens of millions of students, the Hour of Code will be an inspiring introduction to crucial 21st-century skills. Help us reach even more people by forwarding this email to another teacher. Or forward it to a principal to get your whole school on board!

In only five years, the Hour of Code has engaged 10% of the world's students, giving flight to imagination for hundreds of millions. I'd like to thank every educator who's made this the largest learning event in history. You're an inspiration to me, and to all of us at Code.org. Thank you for all you do for our children.

I can't wait to share Code.org's 2018 Hour of Code activities. They're our best yet! ;-)

Hadi Partovi and the Code.org team
 

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Regards,

Mr Chang C.L.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fwd: FW: micro:bit Global Challenge

Dear educators,

 

We are pleased to announce that there is a micro:bit Global Challenge coming up. The launch date of the challenge is 24 Sep 2018 (see details below). Do watch out for it and get your students to participate!

 

 

Can you help achieve the Global Goals? We're setting you the biggest coding challenge yet!

We are excited to announce that Arm, World's Largest Lesson and The Micro:bit Educational Foundation have co created a brand new competition called the Global Challenge.

Using the BBC micro:bit, we want you to design and make a solution to a problem that affects your community or a community somewhere else in the world and will contribute to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Maybe you have a great innovation which could make your school or community a safer place to be? Or perhaps you are passionate about health and wellbeing, with ideas on how to make our world a healthier place to live?

The winners of the challenge will visit London on an all-expenses paid trip and take part in an amazing micro:bit challenge day with other winners from all over the world!

Full details of the challenge will be launched on September 24 and how you can enter.

In the meantime, have a look at these resources that will help get you started.

The cross-curricular resources focus on using the micro:bit to solve problems and help achieve the Global Goals. They are easy to follow and can be used if you have worked with a micro:bit before or not. Each resource includes lesson plans, classroom presentations and student resources and are perfect for key stages 2 and 3.

There are more resources to come so keep up to date with the latest news by subscribing to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter @microbit_edu.

And don't forget to visit our Let's Code page to perfect your blocks, Python or Javascript coding skills.

 

 



Mr Chang CL


Poi Ching School

21 Tampines St. 71 Singapore 529067

Tel: 6785 6420 Fax: 6785 7198

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

We are Singapore – 2018 NDP Song


How many times have you heard them say;
“The future is uncertain and everything must change”
Well all of my worries and all of my fears
Begin to lose their weight, when I hold you near

If all that we are is what we believe
Then I know I’ve got to be the change I want to see
How easy we forget that everything takes time
No, nothing's ever perfect, but I still call you mine

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We will stand together, hear the lion roar
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We’re a nation strong and free forever more
(This is my country, this is my flag) We are Singapore, we are Singapore
(This is my future, this is my life) We will stand together, hear the lion roar
(This is my family, these are my friends) We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We are Singapore, Singaporeans
We are Singapore, Singaporeans





How many times have you heard them say;
“The future is uncertain and everything must change”
Well all of my worries and all of my fears
Begin to lose their weight, when I hold you near

If all that we are is what we believe
Then I know I’ve got to be the change I want to see
How easy we forget that everything takes time
No, nothing's ever perfect, but I still call you mine

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.

This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We will stand together, hear the lion roar
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We’re a nation strong and free forever more
(This is my country, this is my flag) We are Singapore, we are Singapore
(This is my future, this is my life) We will stand together, hear the lion roar
(This is my family, these are my friends) We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We are Singapore, Singaporeans
We are Singapore, Singaporeans
    


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fwd: FW: RippleUX Competition - Singapore National Coding & Robotics Competition

Subject: RippleUX Competition - Singapore National Coding & Robotics Competition

 

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RippleUX Competition

Singapore National Coding & Robotics Competition

 

 

Mark your calendars. Here's a national level competition to get your students' heart pumping and adrenalin running for school and personal glory towards the end of 2018!

 
Introducing RippleUX – an inaugural National Coding and Robotics competition happening on 10th November 2018, jointly organized by ripplecreate, Nanyang Polytechnic and Uavionics Society of Nanyang Technological University. Our supporting partners include DSO (Defence Science Organisation) and Deloitte, one of the largest professional services network in the world.
 
The theme for this year's competition is "Unmanned Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence".
 
The competition offers categories for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels, welcoming students of all ages to compete in innovative challenges.
 
Attractive prizes from our sponsors include cash, robotic kits and drones, awaiting to be won by the participating teams!

RippleUX strives to be the premier competition platform to promote STEM education in Singapore and beyond.

 

 

Organisers & Supporting Partners

 

 

Competition Zones and Categories

 

Robotics Competition

Junior Category – Primary Level 
: Smart Robots Challenge

Senior Category – Secondary Level
: Intelligent Vehicles Challenge

 

Drone Competition

Junior Category – Primary Level
: Drone Micro:bit Challenge

Senior Category – Secondary Level
: Drone Micro:bit Challenge

 

 

Where and When

 

Location: Nanyang Polytechnic P1 Convention Centre 

Date: 10 November 2018

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

 

 

Registration

 

You may fill up the form at https://goo.gl/forms/ZGoAQ7ez4FbLovrn2 to register your teams for the competition.

Please submit one form per participating team and email to: hello@ripplecreate.com

Mailing Address: 299 River Valley Road #03-00, Singapore 238340

Registration Fee: $50 per team

Registration Deadline: 27th Oct 2018
 

Payment can be done via cheque or bank transfer. Payment details will be provided upon registration.
 

 

 

Get in touch

Should you have any enquiries, feel free to email us at hello@ripplecreate.com or call us at 6255 5622, we would love to hear from you!

ripplecreate
299 River Valley Rd
#03-00, Singapore 238340

Copyright © 2018. All rights reserved.






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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Roblox --- what is it? any educational value?

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Parents need to know that Roblox is a game-creation site where users design and upload their own games, as well as play other games in a multiplayer environment. Some of the gameplay is advanced, and many games include weapons. The site offers a safe-chat mode for those under 13, as well as a parent login that lets you oversee your child's use of the site. There have been reports of users thwarting the chat and exchanging inappropriate/predatory messages with young players; although we haven't encountered that directly during our extensive use of the site, parents may still want to be wary when their kids are using the site or connecting with people they've just met. There are in-game currency items called Robux that you can use to unlock additional items, but you will either earn these slowly or pay for additional cash with real money. They can also sign up for a membership for extra content and can insert in-game ads into their created games, potentially making large sums of money off their unique ideas.


Educational Value
Kids can learn about designing virtual worlds and games and get feedback on their work from other site users. Because the directions are housed on a separate site, the design tool isn't extremely easy to figure out, which may limit the amount of practical knowledge kids obtain. Roblox has a lot of potential; the drag-and-drop tool could help kids obtain design experience. Collaborating with other users will also help them build teamwork and communication skills. But adding a tutorial or site-provided feedback, such as a chat option to ask questions, would ensure that kids understand how to use the site. Roblox provides a flexible, imaginative environment for gamers and upcoming designers to create and explore.

Positive Messages
Positive social interaction is encouraged, reinforced by users' generally favorable critiques of others' game designs.


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/roblox