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Go Naked for Education

I take on a lot. Depending on who you ask, probably too much. But when I’m passionate about something, it doesn’t feel like one more thing because it feeds my soul in some way. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the Anastasis alumni girls…really young women now. And I worried about them. I thought about what it was like to be that age and the true awkwardness that I felt. I thought about how often I felt ugly and like I just wasn’t enough. I wrote a post for them in my mind (which I WILL write), but this is not that post. It is just a reminder to me about why I am passionate about this one more thing that I added to my plate. Rodan¬†+Fields reminds me of what beauty is, and it has the added benefit of giving me great skin that makes me feel confident. That is why I took on one more thing. But then, this one more thing got even better, because my passions are colliding! Rodan + Fields is hosting a #RFGoNaked Day next Friday, July 25, 2014. This is particularly exciting because just by participating (which is totally FREE) Rodan + Fields will make a $1 donation to empower and educate students in need. Passions colliding! The goal is to raise $30,000 to build a school. Of course, I am beyond excited to support that cause! It gets better, next Thursday July 24, 2014 I am hosting a kick off Virtual Party. YOU ARE INVITED! ūüôā This is going to be fun, like girl talk (men, you can come too) and a spa day rolled into one. Rodan and Fields has transformed¬†my skin. I mean seriously,¬†my Bobbi Brown concealer and foundation have dust on them. DUST. I don’t use them at all since I started using Rodan and Fields skin care. I love that I can go makeup free (Note: I am wearing eye makeup in the photo below) and feel confident that my skin is going to look and feel great (this is the idea behind the #RFGoNaked Day). Everyone should love their skin, it goes with you everywhere! Next Thursday, July 24, I’m hosing a virtual party where you can learn more about how to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing. In addition to learning more about how you can love your skin,¬†I’ll have a give away of my very favorite R+F product and we will get ready to “Go Naked” for education!When:¬†Thursday, July 24, 2014 Time:¬†10:00 am MST Where:¬†From the comfort of your home! RSVP:¬†You MUST RSVP to be included in this virtual party. It is really easy, just¬†click here¬†and tell me where to send your invitation link. ¬† You do NOT want to miss this! Then on Friday, July 25, 2014 you can join us in celebrating #RFGoNaked Day and show off your skin for a great cause. Every time a no-makeup selfie is posted on 7.25.2014 using the hashtag #RFGoNaked, Rodan + Fields will make a $1 donation to empower and educate students in need. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! Details for how to participate are in the flier below:

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Codecademy: Learn how to code

Posted by admin | Posted in Apply, Create, Interactive book, Middle/High School, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Technology, Understand (describe, explain), web tools, Websites | Posted on 05-01-2012

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What it is:¬† Codecademy makes learning to code a snap.¬† It is an interactive, fun way to learn coding one step at a time.¬† The site will prepare students to program websites, games and apps.¬† Learn independently or with friends, keeping track of their progress and comparing it with yours.¬† Students can track and share their progress to see how much they have learned and to stay motivated.¬† The platform could not be simpler to use and after just a few lessons…I’m starting to really understand and get the hang of programming.¬† I think that is pretty impressive considering that I have never had a lesson before now (not entirely true, a few years ago I went through the learn C in 24 hours course…I could follow along but didn’t really understand what I was doing.)!
How to integrate Codecademy into the classroom: With the popularity of apps, I have students who are just itching to learn how to program.¬† It is great to see boys and girls of all ages excited about learning how to code.¬† Codecademy is something that you can use to learn right along with your students.¬† You don’t have to be the expert because Codecademy guides everyone step-by-step through lessons and lets everyone move at a pace that is comfortable to them.¬† If your students can read, they can learn to code with Codecademy.¬† Today, a fourth grader at Anastasis started going through Codecademy lessons and quickly surpassed me.¬† His excitement was evident as he figured out variables in lines of code, how to set off an alert or command.¬† What I love about using Codecademy as a class or school is that students can work together, encourage and challenge each other.¬† When students hit certain lessons, they unlock new badges to display.
Codeacademy’s obvious use is to learn how to code.¬† For students who are passionate about gaming, websites, and programming this is a great sandbox to learn in.¬† Students get immediate feedback about the code they are writing.¬† Start a class club where students learn how to code together.¬† Use some time each week to learn to code with students, you could set the goal of learning to code together over the course of the year.
Codecademy is great for students who are reluctant to read but love technology.  This reading is for a purpose and students love it!  With Codecademy, getting an online education has never been so much fun!
Tips: Codecademy has created a new site called Code Year.¬† Make your New Year’s resolution to learn to code and sign up for Code Year.¬† Each week, you will get a new interactive lesson delivered to you via email.¬† By the end of the year you (or your students) will be lean, mean coding machines!¬† So cool!¬† I’m taking the challenge with several interested students and am looking forward to learning something new this year!

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Code Year in  your classroom!

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LOVE THIS! I know HTML but have always wanted to learn other code. My son just learned Java in HS and he wants to learn C now. Great resource! Thanks for sharing!

Love it! Needed this site back in 1996–when I was learning HTML! Great tool to teach kids behind the scene web activity and start creating cool sites.

Thanks

Love your tips on integrating it into the classroom. There’s really a lot of room for improvement in teaching computer skills, especially programming, in the classroom and I hope teachers put this to good use.

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