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A proposal from the White House: $4 billion for computer science education for every K-12 student - The Hechinger Report

Too few students take computer science Advanced Placement courses, federal officials said in a conference call with reporters last Friday, and too few teachers are prepared to instruct these classes. And 22 states do not allow students to count computer science toward a diploma, according to officials in the U.S. Department of Education, even as nine out of 10 parents in a Gallup poll reported that they want their children to take these courses.
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With Coding and Collaboration, “Computational Thinking” Is Transforming the Classroom

With Coding and Collaboration, “Computational Thinking” Is Transforming the Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At its core, computational thinking means breaking complex challenges into smaller questions that can be solved with a computer’s number crunching, data compiling, and sorting capabilities. Proponents say it’s a problem-solving approach that works in any field, noting that computer modeling, big data, and simulations are used in everything from textual analysis to medical research and environmental protection.
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Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week (Edtech Opportunity)

Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week (Edtech Opportunity) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Bitsbox is donating completely free coding kits to teachers for Computer Science Education Week (December 7th-13th). Each kit is enough for thirty students, and they come with a teacher's guide to help run an Hour of Code.

Via Paul Herring, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Robot Birds, Comics and Binary Numbers: Gene Luen Yang Teaches Us Computer Science

Robot Birds, Comics and Binary Numbers: Gene Luen Yang Teaches Us Computer Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"You may know Yang as the author of “American Born Chinese,” his most famous work that is sometimes assigned in schools. Maybe you’ve read his contributions to “Avatar: the Last Airbender” or “Superman” comics. You might have heard of him in connection to the Eisner Awards—comics Oscars, of which Yang has won two and been nominated for two more. You could recognize him as a two-time National Book Award Finalist. And "Secret Coders," which Yang coauthored with illustrator, Mike Holmes, is already winning raves. What you may not know about our hero, though, is that he taught computer science in Oakland, CA for 17 years."

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How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom

How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Humanities programs are teaching students to deconstruct technologies, not just texts.
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Maine's Bowdoin College is also integrating digital technology and computer science with humanities courses: http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2014/01/workshop-gives-faculty-the-keys-to-a-digital-world/

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No--You Don’t Need To Learn To Code

No--You Don’t Need To Learn To Code | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The whole world seems to be telling you that you need to learn programming. Heres why you dont--and what you should learn instead.

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What Schools Don't Teach - Derek E. Baird: Barking Robot

What Schools Don't Teach - Derek E. Baird: Barking Robot | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Code.org is a non-profit whose goal is to expose all students to computer programming. As an organization, Code.org believes that computer programming is a liberal art; it's something EVERY student in the world should be exposed to at some point...
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IT education initiative launched in Maine

IT education initiative launched in Maine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — "Maine business and education leaders have launched an initiative to double the number of computer science and information technology college graduates over the next four years."

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See also, in the Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/news/IT-education-initiative-launched-in-Maine.html
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All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast.

All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An education historian looks back to predict the future.
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Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We teach kids how to write by first immersing them in stories and literature. We should adopt this same approach to teach coding and programming. In fact, this is something I already do: giving every child a background in coding that allows those who are interested and motivated to proceed with programming at a higher level.
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5 Things You Need to Know About the Hour of Code

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By Mike Ritchie: The Hour of Code. How are they learning it? Who is teaching it? And at the end of the hour, what do they know that they didn’t know before?

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Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By exploring stories, learners can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of STEM.
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Code Literacy Doesn’t Need To Come At The Expense Of Other Skills | TechCrunch

Code Literacy Doesn’t Need To Come At The Expense Of Other Skills | TechCrunch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"While we don’t teach all of our high schoolers how to build engines, we do generally teach them the basics of physics and internal combustion as freshman. Likewise, we can’t expect to teach everyone enough programming to build Facebook, but we can make sure as many people as possible have a general idea of how it was built."

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United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector

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Taking a page from China, the United States is now scouring high schools for hackers, identifying recruits with contests that aim to get students excited about cyberdefense.
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Highland Park High School club studies mobile apps

Highland Park High School club studies mobile apps | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The month-old Hello World computer science club at Highland Park High School has more than 30 underclassmen in a school lab learning to write code for mobile apps, with new members joining every week.
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Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Spring 2011

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From the MIT online course resource site: "This subject is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems." Via this month's Internet Scout Report: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/

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