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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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Good reasons for adults and teachers to learn coding too

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Great article!

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Good reasons for students should learn to code.

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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

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.

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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

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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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The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED

The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Next month, if you walk into any Target store across the country, browsing one of the main hubs of mass American consumerism, you’ll find a board game that teaches the fundamentals of computer programming to preschoolers. It’s called Robot Turtles. To play, you spread toy turtles across a grid—among various boxes, brick walls, and ice…
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Developing computational thinking in the classroom: a framework

Developing computational thinking in the classroom: a framework | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
The new UK Computing Curriculum has Computational Thinking at its core, as these leading contributors note in the attached document: "Computational thinking sits at the heart of the new statutory p...
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First Coders Junior Core Program

First Coders Junior Core Program | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Overview This foundational program aims to equip teenagers with the necessary tools and concepts to bring their idea to reality.  With an emphasis on hands-on development, we also guide students to...
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Computational Thinking is going global - this company offers summer camps for Hong Kong students:
"In 3 terms over the course of an academic year (September to June), we cover computational thinking on the 7 areas including Creativity, Abstraction, Data, Algorithms, Programming, Internet, and Impact. " 

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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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Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships - Omaha World-Herald

Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships - Omaha World-Herald | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Now more opportunities than ever for coding school scholarships Omaha World-Herald Meanwhile, Shonna Dorsey, managing director of Interface Web School, is creating a Kickstarter-like site specifically for people looking to develop web and coding...

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Europe Code Week

Europe Code Week | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
October 11 - 17, 2014: a week to celebrate coding in Europe, encouraging citizens to learn more about technology, and connecting communities and organizations who can help you learn coding.

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