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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic If your local school system offers computer science courses, chances are those courses are electives that won’t count toward core science or mathematics credit. The implicit mes...
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"...computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer."
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We need to be teaching the ethics of coding as well - see http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/03/13/kids-use-coding-skills-to-hack-online-games/
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Pushing the Start button on a computer science curriculum for K-12 schools

Aspiring farmers and entertainers ought to be computer whizzes, according to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The nonprofit organization invited more than two dozen education and business leaders from across California last week to discuss how to make that happen.

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Not enough students are doing Computer Science - some options discussed: "

"Giving students science or math credits for computer science courses could also be an incentive for students to enroll."
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"Some suggested making computer science a requirement for graduation."

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Algorithms Are Taking Over the World. Is That a Bad Thing?

Algorithms Are Taking Over the World. Is That a Bad Thing? | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Listen to Techno Sapeins Episode No. 5 with the audio player below: Download ∙ Play in another tab Welcome to Techno Sapiens, a biweekly series of six podcasts hosted by Future Tense fellows Christine Rosen, senior editor of the New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society, and Marvin Ammori, a First...
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SCHOOLS Computing

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A site with some great resources from the BBC

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Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts

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Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer.

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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

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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

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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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Coding in the Classroom: Computational Thinking Will Allow Children to 'Change the World'

Coding in the Classroom: Computational Thinking Will Allow Children to 'Change the World' | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
New national curriculum gives pupils the computational thinking to "understand and change the world"

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Coding and music production, Coding: The Future is Creative - BBC Two

Coding and music production, Coding: The Future is Creative - BBC Two | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
How musician and beatboxer Beardyman uses code to create complex dance music.
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The BBC Schools Computing site has some good short video clips like this one.

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A computing revolution in schools - BBC News

A computing revolution in schools - BBC News | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

There are bound to be teething troubles as schools get to grips with this new approach to teaching about computers. But we should not lose sight of the long term aim - which is not necessarily to produce a nation of Mark Zuckerbergs. Only a minority of children will have any great interest in or aptitude for coding, just as only a few will want to become mathematicians.

 

But most of them will need to understand something about how computers work and just about all of them can enjoy the creative possibilities that digital technology offers. If we can show a new generation how to be the masters not the servants of the machines of the future, then that is a prize worth winning.


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Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts

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Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer.

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Evolving the definition of Computational thinking

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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

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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

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NASA taps massive coding community for deep space solutions
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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
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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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