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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.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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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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Code.org partners with College Board for nationwide CS education - SD Times

Code.org partners with College Board for nationwide CS education - SD Times | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Code.org and the College Board will offer computer science education courses to 35 school districts to encourage female and minority participation

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Programming with C#

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Learn the C# programming language, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts.
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Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings

Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
More and more young people are learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a wide variety of afterschool, summer, and informal programs. At the same time, there has been increasing awareness of the value of such programs in sparking, sustaining, and extending interest in and understanding of STEM. To help policy makers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources in their community, this report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings. Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings draws from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM learning develop across time and settings. The report provides guidance on how to evaluate and sustain programs. This report is a resource for local, state, and federal policy makers seeking to broaden access to multiple, high-quality STEM learning opportunities in their community.

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Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human?

Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human? | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Start-ups say they can eliminate biases and create more skilled and diverse workplaces, but data science will probably need human supervision.

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Europe Code Week message from Staplehurst Primary School Digital Leaders - YouTube

Wonderful Digital leaders from Staplehurst Primary School in Kent, UK shared their Code Week EU message.
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Teaching kids to code, using Minecraft's building blocks - CNET

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"Young Minecraft architects can now start getting an education in programming while they play the popular 3D video game ..."


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Monster - Girls in Coding - Event

Monster is committed to getting more women into IT/tech roles. Here's a video from our event at Skills Matter, London where we brought together the recruitment ...

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What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread

What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Computer science classes are seldom offered before high school. San Francisco is trying expose kids early to computer science fundamentals to help address equity issues in the tech industry and region.
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" ...computer science will become like any other MANDATORY subject, but there is a lot of work that will need to go into making this a reality ...
 

“We want to make sure that when people are talking about computer science education, they are talking about critical thinking and computational learning and not just bringing fancy technology into the classroom,”

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The Most Impactful Scientific Domain

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"The science that has changed the world most in the last 50 years in Computer Science" - theoretical physicist Tony Hey. From <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkTF0X3oB40&gt;&nbsp;

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Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’

Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’ | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/19460171.2015.1052003
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Interesting - a new domain for  'Computational Thinking' - "Political Computational Thinking".

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Opening up the digital world to Swansea schoolchildren

Opening up the digital world to Swansea schoolchildren | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
SWANSEA is getting ahead of the game in making sure its young people have computer skills fundamental to 21st century careers. Schools across the city are teaming up with local companies and the...
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Introduction to computational thinking - Revisi...

Introduction to computational thinking - Revisi... | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Computers can be used to help us solve problems. However, before a problem can be tackled, the problem itself and the ways in which it could be solved need to be understood.

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Computational Thinking: Why Don’t More Schools Embrace This Buzzword? | Coffee For The Brain

Computational Thinking: Why Don’t More Schools Embrace This Buzzword? | Coffee For The Brain | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
  Computational thinking is a process that every learner should understand and utilize in order to be a successful and productive citizen to society. This is a bold statement, but one that is important for educators to understand. The thinking required to develop solutions and ideas is a skillset that is not only needed for […]
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EXPLORING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING

EXPLORING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
FREE ONLINE COURSE LAUNCHED BY GOOGLE - CURSO GRATUITO EN LINEA LANZADO POR GOOGLE EXPLORING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING (ECT) is a curated...
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Why every child should learn to code

Why every child should learn to code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Will every job involve programming? No. But it is crucial we equip new generations with the ability to think about the world in a new way. By Dan Crow
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[Free Course] Computational Thinking for Educat...

[Free Course] Computational Thinking for Educat... | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions.

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Enhancing Computational Thinking

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As part of an initiative to enhance computational thinking among schoolchildren, a new project is being launched at VHSS Irimpanam, Tripunit...
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Code Kingdoms

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A game that teaches kids how to code.

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Lego NXT Robot Coding

What could be more fun than learning about sensors, actuators, building and coding your own bot. On the final day the robots have to be coded to go through a ...

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Accidental Discoveries When Teaching Coding with Geometry

Accidental Discoveries When Teaching Coding with Geometry | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Having used coding for this school year, it seems like there are so many teachable moments to use with my class that I did not know existed.  I want to outline three accidental discoveries while I was teaching geometry. 1. … Continue reading →
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Toward the Third Age of Computing

[Recorded: June 19th, 2015] Explore the origins of computational thinking and the rise of computer science as a discipline in this fascinating lecture by ...

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The Science Behind Pixar | Museum of Science, Boston

The Science Behind Pixar | Museum of Science, Boston | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar's most treasured films!
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"This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen."

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Computational Thinking: The Knight's Tour

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A Brief Tour of Computational Thinking: The Knight’s Tour and Other Puzzles is a booklet that uses some simple puzzles to explain what computational thinking is all about. Solve the puzzles and the...
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