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<b>The Hour of Code earlier this month was tremendously successful, with more than 20 million students across the country gaining exposure to coding. </b>Several classrooms in Sonoma gave it a try as did every grade and classroom at the Presentation School. The students I spoke to who have tried coding at school have loved it. If you are looking for coding classes or summer camps, you can visit code.org to search for possibilities. http://aws.code.org/. If your child’s classroom is exploring coding, email me the details at <a href="ourschools@sonomanews.com">ourschools@sonomanews.com</a>.

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<b>If your kids enjoy science, there is a great list of 60 popular free science games online covering some of the most popular topics within biology, geology, physics and chemistry. </b><a href="stumbleupon.com/su/1phjd9">stumbleupon.com/su/1phjd9</a>

 

<b>Busuu is a community-based language-learning site that offers games, groups, exercises and other free resources for learning Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or English.</b> The site has a nice look with illustrations and animation. Like many of the best language sites, after an initial free period, it costs money; membership options range from $20 a month to $150 for a two-year membership. But Busuu’s best feature is free – conversational practice that involves typing and chatting live with native speakers of your language of choice. <a href="busuu.com">busuu.com</a>

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<b>DragonflyTV is a PBS science education television series for middle-school students, and its website features viewable episodes, games, resources and more. </b>There are fun games and experiments as well as science-based multimedia experiences. Also cool is a science-center locator which returns a list of science museums near your location.

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