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Learnable Programming

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"Code manipulates data. To understand code, a learner must see the data, and see the effect of code on the data.

The environment must show the data. If a line of code computes a thing, that thing should be immediately visible.The environment must show comparisons. If a program computes many things, all of those things should be shown in context. This is nothing more than data visualization.The system must have no hidden state. State should either be eliminated, or represented as explicit objects on the screen. Every action must have a visible effect."

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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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Coding, A NEW Trend In Education And A BIG Responsibility | MakerSpace | HackerSpace

Coding, A NEW Trend In Education And A BIG Responsibility | MakerSpace | HackerSpace | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
. . Before Starting With Coding / Proactive THINKing! . . Before Starting With Coding WE MUST know first the IMPORTANCE and the big RESPONSIBILITY about ===> Coding <===! Responsibility while...

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 


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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

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Resistance is Futile: Harvard's Kilobot Swarm Keeps Fellow Robots in Line

If you've ever made your own Bristlebot, you can appreciate how pared down and elegant is the category of artificial life know as vibrating robots, or vibrobots. Well, it turns out that when it com...
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Coding thousands of Robots at once sounds fascinating and challenging!

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Microsoft is rethinking how computing is taught in primary and secondary ... - WinBeta

Microsoft is rethinking how computing is taught in primary and secondary ... - WinBeta | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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Simon Peyton-Jones is part of Microsoft Research Cambridge and co-founder of Computing at School (CAS).

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Getting boys -- and girls -- interested in computer coding - Education By The Numbers

Getting boys -- and girls -- interested in computer coding - Education By The Numbers | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Thanks to the glorification of Silicon Valley riches and a desire to inspire more of the next generation of children to pursue science and technology careers, computer coding instruction for children is spreading like wildfire around the United States. Code.org...

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How to Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

How to Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
You've probably heard the buzz about coding in the classroom, and you may even have thought about integrating it into your classroom, but just where do you begin? In this post I will run through a ...

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Want a tech job? Study this. Advice from Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr and more

Want a tech job? Study this. Advice from Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr and more | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Advice to students from bosses at Mozilla, Tumblr, Reddit and D.C.’s Clearly Innovative, among others.
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"At the same time, colleges themselves are trying to figure out what they should be teaching....

“Coding, editing video, design — it really is just the tip of the iceberg,” says Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, based in Mountain View, Calif.
“What’s below the tip of the iceberg is participation, critical thinking and being able to collaborate. You really need to be a well-rounded, Renaissance, Internet-era kind of person.”

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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
We reveal what's new in the computing curriculum and how much support teachers are getting to train to teach programming
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Computer Science

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UoPeople offers an online computer science course which provides online study in the field of computer science. This computer science online program provides online studies towards and online academic degree in computer science. Students who are interested in the basics and principles of computer science can study at UoPeople's online computer science program.
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Looks interesting - the course is virtually free, you just pay for end of course exams.

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Python with Ease

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For many, Python is the programming language of choice for use in the classroom.  Why? There have been many ways to get at Python and make it successful.  As mentioned previously, and it will come ...

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The interview: Zach Sims, co-founder, Codecademy

The interview: Zach Sims, co-founder, Codecademy | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Making sure people have the skills to be successful in today’s economy. That has been the guiding principle Codecademy co-founders Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski have stuck to as Codecademy grows globally, bringing software skills to the masses.
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“I think the UK is probably the first large entity to introduce programming in schools but we are starting to see this happen elsewhere. ...

“Last week, the minister for education in France decided that every school will have a programming class come September. The future is a world where people and universities will work together to prepare people for the jobs of the future and a real fundamental part of that is programming.”

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Home

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Great video clip & great concept! Whose going to start something like this in Brissie!?

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New Maker Tool Lets Students Build Apps and Games from Tablets -- THE Journal

New Maker Tool Lets Students Build Apps and Games from Tablets -- THE Journal | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
A new app from maker startup Tynker lets students build custom apps, like games and interactive stories, directly from tablets, like iPads.
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Tynker.com now offer phone/tablet app as well

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Evolving the definition of Computational thinking

Evolving the definition of Computational thinking | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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Interesting article.
"... the Net opens the space of Knowledge. Crucially, this new space is completely distinct from the space of the Commodity. When we are on-line, we want to learn, play and communicate with one another
rather than to make money."  I think many still want to make money, but the return from the great ability to learn, communicate and collaborate may. for most, overpower this factor.

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My Paperless Classroom: Primary Teachers: Learn Coding Fundamentals in an Hour

My Paperless Classroom: Primary Teachers: Learn Coding Fundamentals in an Hour | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you have heard about the hour of code, I hope you saw this coming from the title. If you don't know about the hour of code, it is time. Code.org wants to support everybody everywhere in learning to code. They are organizing all kinds of people to create tutorials that can be used in schools to get kids coding, even if it is just for a one hour guided activity

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Moeten we volgens mij allemaal aan geloven! Allemaal programmeren leren.

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Love that students can learn the basics of coding within an hour. 

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Coding camp graduates are snagging jobs and higher salaries, says new survey

Coding camp graduates are snagging jobs and higher salaries, says new survey | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
A new survey from CourseReport shows coding camps do well with post-graduate employment, and not so well with diversity.
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Computational thinking and creativity

Computational thinking and creativity | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The first sentence of the new computing programme of study sets out our ambition: “A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and ch...

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NASA taps massive coding community for deep space solutions - FedScoop

NASA taps massive coding community for deep space solutions - FedScoop | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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NASA and the TopCoder community are looking to find ways to better detect asteroid threats. (Credit: NASA JPL Lab).

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Israeli Deciphers ‘Unsolvable’ WWI Encryption Code

Israeli Deciphers ‘Unsolvable’ WWI Encryption Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Israeli amateur cryptographer George Lasry has solved a century-old puzzle, by deciphering a WWI and WWII encryption code that was thought to be unsolvable. Now, Lasry's solution can be used to crack the cipher within minutes.
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“On November 25 2013, I received an email from someone in Israel called George Lasry who claimed he cracked the code, and he also sent me the solution,

I was surprised to see that the solution was correct and thus essentially a solution was found to a problem that was considered unsolvable for 100 years. This is, in my opinion, one of the most significant breakthroughs in code-cracking in recent years.”

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From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom

From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Summer camp — it’s not just for kids anymore. Teachers from around the Pittsburgh area and from as far away as Alabama this week attended the STEAM
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Great to see students helping teachers!

"Radhir Kothuri, 18,  plans to be a computer scientist. He graduated from South Fayette this spring. But before heading off to the University of Illinois, he was in front of the teachers at the Summer Institute, instructing them how to use computer programming for their students to create games and mobile apps."

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Cornell Tech's Levitt says boost K-12 computational literacy | Cornell Chronicle

Cornell Tech's Levitt says boost K-12 computational literacy | Cornell Chronicle | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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"It’s true that many students today have access to laptops and tablets, “but we almost never give them the keys to the technology kingdom,” Levitt said.

“We don’t teach them how the software and hardware they’re using work, despite the fact that we know they are very curious,” Levitt said. 

“We don’t give them the tools to innovate, and we don’t create the problem-solving pathways that support so much other learning.”

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How To Become A Coder At 35

How To Become A Coder At 35 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Aimee Morgan proves that it is never too late to learn a new skill, even a challenging one.

By Alexandra Chang

Computer Programming seems like a field for whiz-kid hackers, not a 30-something Stanford University Libraries archivist who sa...
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Never to late, 35!

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Introduction to computational thinking - OpenLearn - Open University - M269_1

Introduction to computational thinking - OpenLearn - Open University - M269_1 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Introduction to computational thinking http://t.co/UI8pTYVKI8

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Thanks Bonnie! This is a great series of short lessons introducing Computational Thinking.

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ScratchJr - Home

ScratchJr - Home | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games.

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A lot more than coding – the Kodu Kup 2014

A lot more than coding – the Kodu Kup 2014 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Kodu is a relatively unsung hero of free software for coding in schools.


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