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Computer Science Education Week: Who is Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) studied math and physics at Vassar and Yale in a time many women did not attend college. A professor at Vassar college when World War II erupted, she was compelled to join the US Navy to assist with the war efforts. Grace was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at ...

Hour of Code: Questions and Answers

 What is Hour of Code? Hour of Code began in 2014 as a one hour introduction to Computer Science. It was developed as a way to demystify “code” and broaden participation.  Schools, businesses, and communities across the globe participate in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week. While one hour is not enough ...

December 9th – 15th is Computer Science Education Week!

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 45% of all high schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. ...

Seesaw Gets Drafty

Seesaw seems to always be looking for ways to help students show their learning.  They are also really good at listening to feedback from teachers, students, and parents when they have ideas for improving an already awesome tool. One of the most often requested feature over the last few years is Drafts.  This featuer would ...

Reflect Quickly With Seesaw’s Chrome Extension

Being able to reflect on their learning in Seesaw can be very powerful.  Seesaw has some great creative tools like the drawing and highlighter tools, voice or video to explain something, or importing pictures or other files.  There is so much that can be done in Seesaw for students to reflect on their work. If ...

Welcome Back

At Bits & Pieces we are excited to start another year supporting all of your educational technology needs. To help you navigate both The BNP and the bigger waters of educational technology, we’ve put together this handy guide to all things Bits and Pieces. Read on to find out all that it can do. Using ...

Seesaw Makes Some BIG Updates!

Seesaw just got even better at empowering students with its new updates, released on June 18, 2019.   They have added tools and enhanced existing ones to unlock more opportunities for students to think creatively and reflect on their learning. To take advantage of the updates,  make sure to update the iOS app on iPads or ...

Preparing Your Seesaw Class For The End Of The School Year

Tips for ending the year right with Seesaw For Schools.

A Question About BrainPOP

Dear Instructional Technology TOSAs, I love BrainPOP, but I feel like my kids are just consuming more and more video content these days. Do you have a suggestion for me to engage them in a way that encourages them to create vs just consume media?   Thanks, A Very Techie Teacher   Dear Techie Teacher, ...

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month!   Many of the technologies we use today are because of women in tech. Carol Shaw made retro gaming awesome (before it was retro), Apple computers are so intuitive because of Susan Kare, from the very first computer programmer Ada Lovelace to Joan Ball who basically invented online dating, we’ve ...