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How to Grab and Keep Girls’ Interest in Computer Coding

How to Grab and Keep Girls’ Interest in Computer Coding | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
There's growing and well-founded concern about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields, particularly when it comes to women of color. Here are some ideas on what to do about it.

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US Statistics: "... about 20 percent of all programmers are women and while women make up 57 percent of undergraduates they represent only 18 percent of the computer science majors. ... (with preductions) that 8.65 million jobs in 2018 will be in STEM fields (and over 50% of these in Computing).", this means that women are missing out on a lot of very good potential careers. 

The situation is even worse in Australia from the stats I see. 

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The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED

The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Next month, if you walk into any Target store across the country, browsing one of the main hubs of mass American consumerism, you’ll find a board game that teaches the fundamentals of computer programming to preschoolers. It’s called Robot Turtles. To play, you spread toy turtles across a grid—among various boxes, brick walls, and ice…
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Developing computational thinking in the classroom: a framework

Developing computational thinking in the classroom: a framework | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The new UK Computing Curriculum has Computational Thinking at its core, as these leading contributors note in the attached document: "Computational thinking sits at the heart of the new statutory p...
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First Coders Junior Core Program

First Coders Junior Core Program | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Overview This foundational program aims to equip teenagers with the necessary tools and concepts to bring their idea to reality.  With an emphasis on hands-on development, we also guide students to...
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Computational Thinking is going global - this company offers summer camps for Hong Kong students:
"In 3 terms over the course of an academic year (September to June), we cover computational thinking on the 7 areas including Creativity, Abstraction, Data, Algorithms, Programming, Internet, and Impact. " 

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Google backs creative coding classes for children - Telegraph.co.uk

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Google backs creative coding classes for children. Google is working with the Barbican and interactive artists to teach children how to code creatively.

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ACCELN Hangout s04e14 - Computational Thinking - Get Ready to Grok!

Join +Roland Gesthuizen and +Amanda Rablin on Monday 21 July for another #ACCELN hangout. Timing is (8:30pm EAT Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney time, 8:00pm Adelaide, and 6:30pm Perth time). We...

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Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code - Business - NZ Herald News

Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code - Business - NZ Herald News | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Imagine teaching every child in this country how to program a computer - from age 5. When you think about it, it is odd that we don't. - New Zealand Herald
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What's changing in the computing curriculum | Education | Features | PC Pro

What's changing in the computing curriculum | Education | Features | PC Pro | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Technology in schools will no longer be micromanaged by Whitehall,” Gove said back in 2012. “By withdrawing the [current ICT] programme of study, we’re giving teachers freedom over what and how to teach.”

 

The new programme was drawn up by members of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with a fresh emphasis on computer science, and specifically on coding and computational thinking. It’s a move that could redress years of neglect and close an urgent IT skills gap, but are schools ready to handle the change?




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How I Started an After School Code Club (EdSurge News)

How I Started an After School Code Club (EdSurge News) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Last fall, my 4th grade son was playing on a recreational soccer team in Mill Valley, California. Since I was a software developer, a few parents from the team (including a Google exec and a VC) asked me if I knew of anyone who could teach kids to code.I grabbed 12 kids from the soccer team and some
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QSITE 2014 - Computational Thinking as a 4 Step Process

QSITE 2014 - Computational Thinking as a 4 Step Process | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Conrad Wolfram argues that Mathematics Education today should involve problem solving that is essentially a four step process. His steps are: Posing the right question  – of a real world problem/is...
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7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School

7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you are inspired to start a Coding Club at your school this seven step guide will help turn that inspiration into action and reality.
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SIGCSE Keynote #1 - Computational Thinking For All, Robert M. Panoff, Shodor Education Foundation

SIGCSE Keynote #1 - Computational Thinking For All, Robert M. Panoff, Shodor Education Foundation | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Bob Panoff delivers a humorous, inspiring and insightful talk on what we mean by Computational Thinking and how we can achieve good results with our students.

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YesWeCode

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#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help teach 100K low-opportunity youth to code
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Learn to Code; Create Amazing Things

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Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships - Omaha World-Herald

Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships - Omaha World-Herald | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships Omaha World-Herald Meanwhile, Shonna Dorsey, managing director of Interface Web School, is creating a Kickstarter-like site specifically for people looking to develop web and coding...

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Europe Code Week

Europe Code Week | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
October 11 - 17, 2014: a week to celebrate coding in Europe, encouraging citizens to learn more about technology, and connecting communities and organizations who can help you learn coding.

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Coding & Cupcakes connects KC moms, daughters with programming

Coding & Cupcakes connects KC moms, daughters with programming | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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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Encouraging mums to "learn that technology isn't scary, that some of the social norms we've come to assume about programming aren't true and that anyone can learn to code."

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How open source can solve Silicon Valley's engineering crisis

How open source can solve Silicon Valley's engineering crisis | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley may think itself the center of the technology universe, but 76% of open-source development happens elsewhere, a rich talent pool for engineer-hungry startups.
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Javascript is #1 in Open Source

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You Can Already Code—You Just Don’t Know It Yet

You Can Already Code—You Just Don’t Know It Yet | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
When someone tells you they code, it’s as if they’re calling you from inside the world’s most exclusive club.

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Future will be built by those who know how to code | Sitra

Future will be built by those who know how to code | Sitra | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Finland is among the first countries in the world to include programming in the country’s national curriculum.
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21st Century Literacy: New Initiative Makes the Case that Learning to Code is for Everyone | Berkman Center

"Many people view computer programming as a narrow, technical activity appropriate for only a small segment of the population. But, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from MIT’s Media Lab, the University of California’s Digital Media and Learning (DML) Research Hub, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society is seeking to change that."


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Mitchel Resnick, : “Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies.”

To ease the transition into coding, the MIT team is developing a series of interest-based “microworlds” — specialized coding environments designed to connect with young people’s interests. For example, those interested in dancing could use a microworld to program musical beats and the movement of dancing characters on the screen.  

- Sounds good!!

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Computer science education – Is there a crisis? | Impact Lab

Computer science education – Is there a crisis? | Impact Lab | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

to focus only on computer-science majors misses a larger point. As Ms. Raja argues in her essay, simply teaching kids how to code shouldn’t be the only goal. Just as important—or perhaps more so—is teaching kids how to think like a computer programmer—what is called “computational thinking.” She highlights some current efforts to teach computational thinking in elementary and secondary schools, particularly to girls and members of minority groups, who remain woefully underrepresented among computer-science degree-holders and professionalcomputer programmers.

And while teaching computational thinking may result in more computer-science degrees, the more important contribution it will make is giving more people across all fields the ability to solve problems like a computer scientist and to speak the language of computer programming.


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Computational medicine: A new era for understanding, diagnosing, and treating human disease | iSGTW

Computational medicine: A new era for understanding, diagnosing, and treating human disease | iSGTW | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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Coding for Kindergarteners

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Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

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Visualizing Algorithms

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Fascinating - this will take some time to digest!

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Globaloria.com

Globaloria.com | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn about Globaloria and play games created by Globaloria students.
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