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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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Is it necessary to teach poor kids to code?

Is it necessary to teach poor kids to code? | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
One tech advocate thinks ‘coding is the new writing’ — this grand statement could hold several grains of truth.

 

"People assume that you have to have the 3Rs [reading, writing and arithmetic] before you get to what I call the 3Xs: exploration, exchange and expression,” Idit Harel said. “But that’s not the case.”

Harel said she knew this through her experience with Globaloria, which she founded. The firm gets children to play computer games before showing them how to begin modifying the game — for example changing the colours on their character — using computer code. Often the kids can’t read well, if at all, Harel explained, but they get engrossed in tinkering with the game world and, in the process, they begin to pick up more traditional literacy, too.


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Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots

Lego Mindstorms: A History of Educational Robots | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Although one of the earliest applications of Logo involved the robot turtle, the advent of personal computers had moved the programming language from the floor to the screen. Lego Logo, a project developed by Mitch Resnick and Steve Ocko, moved programming back out again, into the physical world – but with some key differences, least of which being that children got to design their own machines, not simply use the pre-made turtle.


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Wonder Workshop Blog | What Children Learn from Bo & Yana

Wonder Workshop Blog | What Children Learn from Bo & Yana | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Every day we’re thinking about how to integrate learning and play with our robots into a single user experience. As we get deeper into building our software application, we want to share what children will be learning from our robots. … Continue reading →
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Coding For Kids For Dummies - PDF Free Download - Fox eBook

Coding For Kids For Dummies - PDF Free Download - Fox eBook | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Coding For Kids For Dummies PDF Free Download, Reviews, Read Online, ISBN: 1118940326, By Camille McCue

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Week 1: Basic Drawing, Motion, and Text Handling
Project 0: Getting Started with Coding
Project 1: Art Toy
Project 2: Mini Golf
Project 3: Sketcher Etcher

Week 2: Motion, Animating Shapes, and Reacting to Input
Project 4: Horse Race
Project 5: Winter Wonderland
Project 6: Sports Vote

Week 3: Variables: Counting and Conditionals
Project 7: Happy Birthday
Project 8: Number Guessing Computer
Project 9: Monster Mashup

Week 4: Keyboard Control and Shooters
Project 10: Viral Outbreak
Project 11: UFO Pilot
Project 12: Squid Ink

Week 5: Advanced Coding
Project 13: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Project 14: Where’s Wallace Walrus?
Project 15: Traffic Dodge

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Tickle - Learn to Program Air Drones, Robots, Smart Homes, and more!


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This app looks really interesting especially if you have one, (or more), of the devices that the app can be paired with. The Scratch like interface is easy to work with and the courses available in app look interesting too. This is another great Kickstarter generated project.  

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ScratchJr – Android Apps on Google Play

ScratchJr – Android Apps on Google Play | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5 and up) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together...
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Now on the Android and still free!

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Toys for Your Family to Play with Code

Toys for Your Family to Play with Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Coding isn’t just about building websites or flashy apps. And learning to code isn’t restricted to giving directions to a turtle, Disney character or some other avatar in your browser.

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Learn HTML5 from W3C

Learn HTML5 from W3C | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn HTML5 and core Web technologies directly from the organization creating them! Learn to code Web pages and Web sites the right way.
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Not sure that HTML is really 'coding'! Lynda.com also have some great introductory courses in HTML5.

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Welcome to Computational Thinking at NUI Maynooth | Computational Thinking

Welcome to Computational Thinking at NUI Maynooth | Computational Thinking | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

A bachelor's Degree in Computational Thinking

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I 'scooped' this a couple of years ago, but I notice now that quite a few universities are following suit (such as Monash Uni in Melbourne). An interesting unit in first year at Maynooth is Philosophy. I would encourage all Computer Science/Science/Engineering students to do a unit in Philosophy and/or Cognitive Science.

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Google Code Jam 2015

Google Code Jam 2015 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

It's that time again, Code Jam 2015 Registration is now open! Make sure you register between now and the end of the Qualification Round by clicking on the blue 'Participate' button to the right.

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18+ and good at coding - this comp is now open.

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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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"The 'purpose of study', as set out by the new curriculum guidelines, is for computational thinking to allow pupils to "understand and CHANGE THE WORLD" - my argument!

See my Keynote at FutureSchools 'Teach Kinds to Code' .http://www.slideshare.net/StrategicITbyPFH/computational-thinking-a-revolution-in-4-steps ;

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 10, 9:38 AM

Not everybody should know how to code, but we all will benefit from the logic and sequential thinking that comes from being exposed to coding.

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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Blogger Matt Davis has collected some helpful resources parents can use to help their kids start learning about computer programming.
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Coding and creativity could conquer the digital divide #2030NOW

Coding and creativity could conquer the digital divide #2030NOW | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The first panel of the +SocialGood UK conference in London discussed getting girls and youth more involved in coding to tackle the digital divide.

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Online Coding Resources in the CS Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

Online Coding Resources in the CS Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

"There has been a proliferation of online classes and resources for learning coding over the last couple of years. With all that’s out there, one might think there’s no need for a Computer Science teacher or program in schools anymore. However, I’ve found many of these resources can be great tools for teachers, both for professional development and for the classroom. The four resources below are ones I’ve had great success with over the last couple of years."

 


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Expanding the frontiers of computational thinking with Wolfram Language | ExtremeTech

Expanding the frontiers of computational thinking with Wolfram Language | ExtremeTech | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Building on the success of WolframAlpha, Stephen Wolfram now aims to bridge the power of its computation engine to the vast stores of data that exist on the Internet.
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The Future and History of Learning to Code | DMLcentral

The Future and History of Learning to Code | DMLcentral | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Much of the discussion around ‘learning to code’ is couched in futuristic terms. By learning to code, we are told, young people will be equipped to become the innovators, tech entrepreneurs and civic leaders of the future.
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Interesting article

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How Edtech Companies Can Build up the STEM Pipeline (EdSurge News)

How Edtech Companies Can Build up the STEM Pipeline (EdSurge News) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Dig-It! developer Jessica Dommes stands over a group of middle-school girls as they tap and swipe eagerly at an iPad; she often stops them to ask about the features of the game they were playing. Questions range from what the girls like and don’t like to whether they feel buttons are in the right p
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“Programming is such a broad skill set,” said Dommes, citing the variety of ways that programmers add value to popular and everyday programs, from “programming the rover on Mars” to “supporting the social media that we use on a daily basis.”

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Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training | Dangerously Irrelevant

Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training | Dangerously Irrelevant | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Scott McLeod's notes from a intro programming PD course he just attended..

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Why women won't code is topic of new documentary

Why women won't code is topic of new documentary | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds new movie, 'CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,' looks at why women often are moved to dismiss computer science careers at great risk to our economic future
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Reynolds: an "ambient belonging" problem. - "That's simply being in a place where you see no role models, and since you cannot be what you cannot see, you often give up"

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So You Think You Can NAO - Robot dance competition - Choreographe workshop

So You Think You Can NAO - Robot dance competition - Choreographe workshop | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
So You Think You Can NAO 

Robot dance competition

By using the programming interface Choreographe, students can create a program to make NAO dance. The interface uses a simple drag-and-drop system that does not require coding knowledge and is a great introduction for students. However, students can also input their own 'python' code if they have the ability.

This workshop is an introduction to Choreographe so you teachers can enter student teams in this competition.

Both ONLINE and FACE-TO-FACE session
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How Google is Leading the Charge on Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge News)

How Google is Leading the Charge on Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge News) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Back in July, one of EdSurge's coding-themed articles went viral. It told the story of the genesis of Google's CS First initiative--a program designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students interested in coding through afterschool and summer programs, but at a very low cost.
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"As of March 20, the number of students engaging in CS First clubs has hit the 27,000 mark across five continents--70% of which are females and/or minorities."

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Raspberry Pi competition: Robot dog unlocks potential of pocket-sized computer

Raspberry Pi competition: Robot dog unlocks potential of pocket-sized computer | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Third annual PA Raspberry Pi Competition saw students demonstrate the potential of the computer.
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A competition that encourages solving real world problems

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Rails Girls

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Rails Girls aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 10, 9:37 AM

Oh yes, let us not be so foolish as to ignore our sisters.

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Computational Thinking, Learning Skills, 6Cs, and 4Ps - Why Teach Coding?

Computational Thinking, Learning Skills, 6Cs, and 4Ps - Why Teach Coding? | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
I've been doing some extensive reading on this somewhat new term called Computational Thinking (thanks @cordym!) by Jeannette Wing. She testifies that Computational Thinking represents 21st century...
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Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School

Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
In this article I would like to explore a new coding app called Robot School from Next is Great (@nextisgreat). What hooked me immediately was how this app teachings kids to block code, but then sh...

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