Kids play on iPads, Quebec study finds.  No, seriously, this is real news. It’s not from The Onion. “It would appear that incorporating the iPad into education constitutes a necessary risk for schools, and that this technological tool has breathtaking cognitive potential…”

Lumina Funded Group seeks to lead the conversation on Competency-Based Education

In New York, a clear organizational win for StudentsFirst at Common Core hearing. “Speaker after speaker reiterated two claims: (1) the Common Core represents a series of higher standards that will close the equity gap in low-income neighborhoods, ensuring readiness for college and careers; and (2) opponents of the Common Core in more affluent neighborhoods seek to deny opportunities to children in less fortunate locales.” One presumes that the 40-some speakers, many of whom are new to the public spotlight, were able to make their case without castigating opponents as “White Suburban Moms.”

More from the Hour of Code-

Making Coding Cool- resources for overcoming teacher apprehension

Indianapolis schools participate with quote from POTUS “Don’t just buy a new video game, make one; don’t just download the latest app, help design it; don’t just play on your phone, program it,” President Obama said in an online video. “No one’s born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and science, just about anybody can become one.”

Massachusetts schools bring in top help “Matt Puccini, a senior director for Oracle Corporation, which is one of the largest software companies in the world, came to the school yesterday to help teach fourth grade students about computer code.”

Also from the Bay State: Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify coding.   I grew up with a sister.  Girls are great at speaking in code, so learning to code shouldn’t be so mystifying. 

BONUS LINK– another from the series Great Moments in Seat-Time Instruction