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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Buildwithchrome

I don't know exactly who released it, but buildwithchrome is now out! I remember sometime last year maybe? It was available, but in some strange quirk it was only available in Australia. You could build on plots of land on the Australian continent.

Well now it is available for everyone! And it is really cool. There is a build academy, which just seemed to be a tutorial,  but quite a nice one, and there are blocks, and base plates, and different color blocks. Oh man, in short, it is great.

It does seem to have a limitation of only being able to share your work on Google+. I don't mind that because I use it all the time. Also, I am not sure you can save your builds if you don't finish them.

Regardless, I still like it.

http://www.buildwithchrome.com/

Monday, January 6, 2014

Learning Programming doesn't fix everything

I liked this article. The author doesn't suppose blindly that learning how to program will solve all the ills of education. Plenty of counter-arguments are given as to why simply learning the skill won't be a plethora for all educational ills. Ben Williamson does give plenty of reasons that learning programming is good though, especially the notion that learning how things work gives the user some power of them, instead of simply being subject to it.

So, it is a interesting article, especially as programming seems to be a current big trend in tech education.

Programming Power? Does Learning to Code Empower Kids?