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Finding Direction & Returning to Social Media

  In December, we had to make a lot of decisions about the future of our company. During this time, we decided to take a break from social media and unplug from doing anything that didn’t have to do with getting to the core of our mission and what we wanted to focus on for […]

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Empathy in Computer Science Education

Empathy has become a larger part of the teaching and learning experience at our schools. It’s even got the focus of by Harvard Graduate School of Education and MIT Press. As students learn to see things from the perspectives of their peers, teachers, and people around the world – their gain a strong understanding of […]

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Hour of Code at a Local Level

Over 1,000 students from Watsonville to Scotts Valley participated in this year’s Hour of Code event with the help of Code Naturally. During Computer Science Education Week, Code Naturally partnered with Looker and UCSC students to bring the annual Hour of Code event to local Santa Cruz schools. Volunteers attended trainings that prepared them to […]

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Why Schools Need Mice on Campus!

By Sukh Singh & Charity Funtila   Chromebooks are an essential part of the modern classroom. They help our students connect to the web, access a plethora of learning applications, and keep a digital archive of their work through Google Drive. But – there’s a problem. As students use the Chromebooks for 3-4 years, their […]

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Girls’ Code Camp: A Reflection

I’m Charity and I have been working with Code Naturally’s lead educator, Joey, to teach students how to create games and abstract art using code. This summer, Code Naturally partnered with Cabrillo to provide students with 4 code intensive one week summer camps. The last week was a girls only coding camp and I noticed […]

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A Fantastic Week of Summer Code Camp!

Monday morning was full of excitement as we dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s for the last time before students arrived. The educators were ready to teach, the student folders were prepped, and the snacks were ready to go, but, as always before kicking off an important event – we felt like we were […]

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What is Programming/Coding?

What is programming/coding? Coding or programming is the process of giving your computer a set of instruction to carry out. This set of instructions is referred to as a program, app, application, or software. It can be thought of as a recipe like one you’d follow to make your favorite dessert. A recipe in English […]

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4 Things I learned as a Code Naturally Educator

       1.  Kids have big ideas! As an educator at the Code Naturally Spring camp, I expected to be the one teaching the children, which I did, but I unexpectedly learned from the children as well. Their questions and imagination inspired me. With coding anything is possible, and the creative children I worked […]

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