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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.

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Some very perceptive and thought provoking points regarding the value of coding.

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Great article!

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Good reasons for students should learn to code.

Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies
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Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani: Why An 'Hour of Code' Isn’t Enough - EdSurge News

"... Jobs have fundamentally changed and we're not communicating that to our children or to parents or even to educators..."

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Computational Thinking for Teacher Education

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Specifically, teacher educators need to provide teachers with the content, pedagogy, and instructional strategies needed to incorporate computational thinking into their curricula and practice in meaningful ways, enabling their students to use its core concepts and dispositions to solve discipline-specific and interdisciplinary problems.

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CT has "... begun to have significant influence in multiple fields, including biology, journalism, finance, and archaeology,22 making it important to include computational thinking as a priority for K-12 education."
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Computer Animation as a Vehicle for Teaching Computational Thinking

Several platforms and programming languages exist nowadays designed and built to help educators introduce kids and youngsters into computational thinking
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This is How Geeks Become Rockstars

This is How Geeks Become Rockstars | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you want to be a solid programmer, I have great news for you: now there’s an easy way to learn computer science. And learning just the basics will dramatically transform your career. It’s no coincidence many tech founders (like Mark Zuckerberg) were computer science students. Once you master computer science, you’ll have the computational mind that powers rockstar …
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ScienceDirect: On the cognitive effects of learning computer programming . 

ScienceDirect: On the cognitive effects of learning computer programming .  | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
This paper critically examines current thinking about whether learning computer programming promotes the development of general higher mental functions. We show how the available evidence, and the underlying assumptions about the process of learning to program, fail to address this issue adequately. 
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Tech struggle for NSW schools

NSW "ICT coordinators reported a lack of teacher ICT skills, a lack of effective professional learning and a lack of incentives for teachers to incorporate ICT in their teaching as the biggest problems they faced.”

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Hip-Hop Coding: Exploring the Connections Between Computational Thinking and Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop Coding: Exploring the Connections Between Computational Thinking and Hip-Hop Culture | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Since its 1970s Bronx origins, hip-hop culture has been driven by youth and the appropriation of technologies and cultural materials for creative expression. Leveraging media technologies, minority…

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Getting Started with Coding on openlearning.com

Getting Started with Coding on openlearning.com | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
This course is designed to support those interested in learning code, learning how to integrate coding into their classroom, and how to start a cod
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A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
" ... And elevating skills over pedigree creates new pathways to employment and tailored training and a gateway to the middle class.This skills-based jobs approach matters at a time when there is a push to improve the circumstances of those left behind in the American economy ..."
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ACS Educators Form - List of resources

ACS Educators Form - List of resources | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Digital Technologies:

Resource Links from ACS Educators Forum held in Brisbane last month
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Opinion | The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

Opinion | The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
It’s not robot overlords. It’s economic inequality and a new global order.
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NEW! Teach Coding with Tynker’s LEGO WeDo Course

NEW! Teach Coding with Tynker’s LEGO WeDo Course | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
We’ve just released a new course that teaches your students to program with the LEGO WeDo 2.0! This fun course introduces the basics of block-based coding and computational thinking, and helps your students build competency with computer science and problem-solving. 
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Introduction to Python, Data Science & Computational Thinking: Free Online Courses from MIT

Introduction to Python, Data Science & Computational Thinking: Free Online Courses from MIT | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

MIT has posted online the video lectures for an essential series of courses. In the playlist of 38 lectures above, you can get an Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python. Recorded this past fall, and taught by Prof. Eric Grimson, Prof. John Guttag ...

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What is Computational Thinking and Who is Teaching It? - Hack the Classroom

What is Computational Thinking and Who is Teaching It? - Hack the Classroom | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
What is Computational Thinking (CT)? Mitch Resnick and Jeanette M. Wing are the two main people who best describe Computational Thinking (CT). Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and creator of Scratch published this paper with Karen Brennan in 2012.  Computational thinking has three main parts: Concepts, Practices, and Perspectives. Concepts …
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Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student: The Teacher's Gettingstarted Guide | Ebook

Get your free audio book: http://npun.us/k/b01mg8mp96 Empower tomorrows tech innovatorsour students are avid users and consumers of technology. Isnt it tim

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Ten Years Ago Fewer Than 3,000 Girls Took the AP CS Exam. Now There Are Nearly 30,000 - EdSurge News

Educators and students around the nation are celebrating the completion this year’s Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. Students are mostl
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How Coding Develops Focus and Organization

How Coding Develops Focus and Organization | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Organization goes hand in hand with focus, especially when it comes to writing complicated code. In order to think through code logically, it needs to be organized in an intuitive way, and vice versa. 
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(NOT) The 10 easiest programming languages to learn - TechRepublic

(NOT) The 10 easiest programming languages to learn - TechRepublic | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Want to learn a new coding language but don't know where to start? Here are 10 options for those looking to learn to program.
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Here's an article I seriously disagree with! HTML is not really a language; Pythin has the worst syntax, Javascript is far from easy to design any sort of decent UX with, and so on ... !
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Summer Code-A-Thon | Coding for Kids | Tynker

Summer Code-A-Thon | Coding for Kids | Tynker | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Tynker’s Summer Code-A-Thon is a free 10-week series of fun coding projects to keep kids minds sharp over summer break with a chance to win awesome prizes!
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10 tips for becoming a better programmer - TechRepublic

10 tips for becoming a better programmer - TechRepublic | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Want to develop your career as a programmer? Here are tips from the experts on how to get ahead in the tech field.
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The Digital Skills Gap in Education and Beyond

The Digital Skills Gap in Education and Beyond | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Building digital literacy skills early on helps students curb the digital skills gap when it comes to online assessments, college, and careers.
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Half of This College's STEM Graduates Are Women. Here's What It Did Differently

Just 18 percent of computer science graduates nationwide are women--but at Harvey Mudd College, President Maria Klawe is beating the odds
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Code.org gears up to get 30,000 students psyched up about computer science

Code.org gears up to get 30,000 students psyched up about computer science | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Seattle-based Code.org is giving low-income students a chance to learn how to code through a free course called CS Discoveries.
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Introduction to Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

I created this lesson to introduce year 7 students to computer science. I have also used this for primary taster days and teacher CPD events.


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SIS 2017: Computational Thinking at the Heart of the New Digital Divide

SIS 2017: Computational Thinking at the Heart of the New Digital Divide | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
With the global workforce turning to more technology-focused jobs, educators need to introduce computational thinking to prepare workers for the future.
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“Right now, there are 500,000 open computing jobs across the U.S., and only 40,000 students are graduating to fill those positions, ..."
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