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Coding the Curriculum: How High Schools Are Reprogramming Their Classes

Coding the Curriculum: How High Schools Are Reprogramming Their Classes | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
"We're still preparing our kids to go to work in 1988." A handful of schools, particularly a private 6-12 school near Boston, are revamping their curriculums to accommodate the ...

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PC's had at least arrived by 1988, we were even teaching coding at school around 1983, but go back to the mid 70's and we had no PC's and no Computer Curriculum in the Secondary School.

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Posts on Computational Thinking and it's potential within the new ACARA driven Australian Curriculum (K-12).
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The year we get creeped out by algorithms

The year we get creeped out by algorithms | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
"Algorithmic judgment is the uncanny valley of computing."
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Programming in Scratch

Programming in Scratch | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
A crash course on programming in Scratch, MIT’s visual programming language.
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Free edX course in Scratch

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Christopher Pyne urged to act on coding in classrooms

Christopher Pyne urged to act on coding in classrooms | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
INDUSTRY leaders have written to Education Minister Christopher Pyne and his state and territories counterparts, urging them to make coding and computational thinking mandatory in schools from foundation to Year 10 in an upcoming meeting.
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Hopeful!

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
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Hour of Code is here!

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Programs to help students with key coding concepts

Programs to help students with key coding concepts | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you break down the core ideas of coding, there are a few fundamental components that form its basis. Let's get to...
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Do an Hour of Code with Microsoft

Do an Hour of Code with Microsoft | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
“Computer science can unlock the best opportunities in the world.” Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
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A Personalized Approach to An Hour of Code - Google+

A Personalized Approach to An Hour of Code - Google+ | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Teachers & Parents -- Get your students excited about computer programming!  Find out how you can engage students with an "interest-based" approach -- let them create their own characters to personalize the learning puzzles, pick projects they want to to build and share with others.  It's easy for teachers and parents to tailor the experience to all ages, interests and experience levels, with Tynker's Hour of Code activities.  It's a great way for students to learn to code.
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Some kids excited about the upcoming Hour of Code

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Flip

Flip | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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Now available to download - worth some investigation based on the results of their research

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How to Become a Coder in 6 Months: a Step-by-Step Action Plan

How to Become a Coder in 6 Months: a Step-by-Step Action Plan | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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I'm not at all convinced that this is all that realistic but it's always good to have a plan and a goal!

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This seems a little more realistic - http://www.codeconquest.com/what-is-coding/programmer-6-months/
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How to Get Girls Into Coding

How to Get Girls Into Coding | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Educators believe that computer games can be the gateway — and female mentors are the X factor.
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So You ARE Ready to Code After All - Venspired

So You ARE Ready to Code After All - Venspired | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Confession: I used to think coding was boring. And confusing. And something I didn’t have time to learn about.  I thought it was all about memorizing numbers, letters, characters.  I remembered my early days of building a classroom website and playing with HTML, tinkering in Flash, and it all left a bad taste in my mouth about coding. Like spoiled milk.

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Taj combines Lego and ICT in programming for children

Taj combines Lego and ICT in programming for children | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
FIFTEEN-year-old Brisbane student Taj Pabari expects a major retailer to sell his invention — an educational do-it-yourself tablet kit — within the next 12 months.
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Impressive talent and initiative with some great support & mentors!

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iPad Coding Apps for Students | Listly List

A list of iOS apps that can help your students learn to code. Some fun games to try, for ages 3 and up. | Hopscotch -- Hour of Code Edition! Programming for kids. Make games, stories, animations and more!, Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks and build your own games, Treehouse: Learn Programming and Design, ScratchJr, Codecademy: Code Hour, Codea, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Lightbot - Programming Puzzles, and Cargo-Bot

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D.C. tech students spend ‘Hour of Code’ at Microsoft

D.C. tech students spend ‘Hour of Code’ at Microsoft | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The students attend the school district’s new IT academies.

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Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code

Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Thousands of schools are participating in Hour of Code, a global initiative to get more kids engaged in computer science. Tynker, a creative platform to help children develop programming skills, has launched 10 new coding activities to support the hour of code. Tynker’s unique approach motivates students to learn because they can create their own characters, animate them, and rapidly build their own games and interactive stories, using visual block-based programming.


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Coding for kids is as easy as Pi (Wired UK)

Coding for kids is as easy as Pi (Wired UK) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
In an effort to make school-based ICT more than a matter of "MS Word, clip art and web research" a central London primary school held a creative activity day at which 240 children aged five to 11 learnt to write computer code (RT @LGHDLD: Fantastic...

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Innovation and creativity shown.

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The Case for Slow Programming

The Case for Slow Programming | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
My dad used to say, "Slow down, son. You'll get the job done faster." I've worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtful...

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Code Club World

Code Club World | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
A worldwide network of coding clubs for children aged 9–11
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Great to see - hope this takes off!

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Learning to communicate computationally with Flip: A bi-modal programming language for game creation

Teaching basic computational concepts and skills to school children is currently a curricular focus in many countries. Running parallel to this trend are advances in programming environments and teaching methods which aim to make computer science more accessible, and more motivating. In this paper, we describe the design and evaluation of Flip, a programming language that aims to help 11–15 year olds develop computational skills through creating their own 3D role-playing games. Flip has two main components: 1) a visual language (based on an interlocking blocks design common to many current visual languages), and 2) a dynamically updating natural language version of the script under creation. This programming-language/natural-language pairing is a unique feature of Flip, designed to allow learners to draw upon their familiarity with natural language to “decode the code”. Flip aims to support young people in developing an understanding of computational concepts as well as the skills to use and communicate these concepts effectively. This paper investigates the extent to which Flip can be used by young people to create working scripts, and examines improvements in their expression of computational rules and concepts after using the tool. We provide an overview of the design and implementation of Flip before describing an evaluation study carried out with 12–13 year olds in a naturalistic setting. Over the course of 8 weeks, the majority of students were able to use Flip to write small programs to bring about interactive behaviours in the games they created. Furthermore, there was a significant improvement in their computational communication after using Flip (as measured by a pre/post-test). An additional finding was that girls wrote more, and more complex, scripts than did boys, and there was a trend for girls to show greater learning gains relative to the boys.


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Learn JavaScript if you want to land a web development job

Learn JavaScript if you want to land a web development job | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Veteran developer Tony Patton lists five reasons why he believes JavaScript is the first language a person should learn if they want a job in web development.
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5 Unique Online Classes Teaching Girls to Code for Free

5 Unique Online Classes Teaching Girls to Code for Free | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
These high-quality interactive courses help girls in elementary, middle, and high school develop a passion for programming.
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Code Cadets - San Francisco 2015

Code Cadets - San Francisco 2015 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The Code Cadets are a group of students at Canberra Grammar School who have a passion and deep interest in computer science and information technology.
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An impressive school program: "Our school also runs a program called the Code Cadets, a co-curricular activity providing students with the opportunities to complete additional projects and activities (including a trip to San Francisco to visit Silicon Valley in January 2015."

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Workers Don’t Have the Skills They Need – and They Know It

But more schooling isn’t the answer.
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This Udemy survey also suggests the need for much more teaching of Computational Thinking (and its code of coding) within schools and uni's.

IT has raised the level (and type) of skills needed for the workforce - it is my opinion that our educational authorities have not fully woken up to this new reality yet.

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