K-12 Tech Education

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Coding & Cupcakes connects KC moms, daughters with programming

By SPN Team / July 21, 2014

You might not find cupcakes at your typical user group meeting or hackathon, but at Kansas City Women in Technology’s next event, the sweet treat will be the attendee’s “coding fuel.”

KCWiT invites KC-area mothers and their daughters to join them for Coding & Cupcakes, a three-hour event to teach coding and website building.

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ActiveGrade founders create new education startup Pear Deck

By SPN Team / March 3, 2014

With increasingly fast Internet speeds and a growing ability for real-time interactions, innovations in technology are changing the game in traditional education.

Now Iowa City, Iowa-based startup Pear Deck is harnessing that technology to help teachers better engage with their students.

“What makes it really exciting is that one of the problems for any teacher, especially as class sizes continue to grow, is how you engage all students in a lesson,” Michal Eynon-Lynch told Silicon Prairie News …

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BIG, Cedar Rapids schools partner for alternative approach to education

By SPN Team / November 6, 2013

School has been back in session for awhile, but you won’t find students in the Big Ideas Group hitting a mid-semester slump. On any given day one student may be recording an album while another gears up to participate in the Google Science Fair.

In August the supplemental education program, formally called the Big Ideas School, was absorbed into the Cedar Rapids Community School District, meaning that any student within that district can enroll free of charge…

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