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Computer science education – Is there a crisis? | Impact Lab

Computer science education – Is there a crisis? | Impact Lab | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

to focus only on computer-science majors misses a larger point. As Ms. Raja argues in her essay, simply teaching kids how to code shouldn’t be the only goal. Just as important—or perhaps more so—is teaching kids how to think like a computer programmer—what is called “computational thinking.” She highlights some current efforts to teach computational thinking in elementary and secondary schools, particularly to girls and members of minority groups, who remain woefully underrepresented among computer-science degree-holders and professionalcomputer programmers.

And while teaching computational thinking may result in more computer-science degrees, the more important contribution it will make is giving more people across all fields the ability to solve problems like a computer scientist and to speak the language of computer programming.


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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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Carry on Learning: Winky Think - computational thinking in EYFS

Carry on Learning: Winky Think - computational thinking in EYFS | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Do I usually send you #EYFS app reviews @kvnmcl?
I've been playing Winky Think-goodd for computational thinking http://t.co/907UXq8kQN

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EARCOS Teachers Conference 2015

EARCOS Teachers Conference 2015 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
UbD Planner: Robotics and Coding in Kindergarten View in Google Docs: Robotics and Coding in Kindergarten Robotics and Coding at TAS **Note: This will always be a working document. To view the late...
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Coding resources for K-2

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2015 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero

2015 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
We promote positive role models to encourage and raise awareness of
information technology careers for girls.
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Great (global) competition - this site gives details for the Australian version. 

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Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
What every beginner absolutely needs to know about the journey ahead
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Very interesting insights on the challenge of learning to program.

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Frontiers of Computational Thinking: A SXSW Report—Stephen Wolfram Blog

Frontiers of Computational Thinking: A SXSW Report—Stephen Wolfram Blog | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Transcript of Stephen Wolfram's talk at SXSW 2015 on the present and future of computing: Wolfram Language, image recognition, language-design philosophy, tweetable programs, computational thinking for kids, natural language as input, symbolic programming, deployment, automation of programming, Internet of Things, machine learning, mining the computational universe, brain-like computing, post-linguistic concepts, artificial intelligence (AI), immortality, and beyond...
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WOW! You will need some time to digest this! There is some awesome thinking here and it is clear to me that the Wolfram Language has great potential in helping us use Computational Thinking to solve 'real-world' problems.
I don't agree with Stephen Wolfram's philosophical and theological  understanding though - he is confused in places, but his voice is still very much appreciated and worthy of serious reflection.

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Do Kids Want to Code? Let's Ask.

Do Kids Want to Code? Let's Ask. | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
It's easy to highlight all of the positive reasons why we should be
teaching kids to code, but what about the kids themselves? Do they want to
code? Do they feel like digital literacy is a relevant, worthwhile
endeavor? 
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Stephen Wolfram tells SXSW anyone should be able to code - Irish Times

Stephen Wolfram tells SXSW anyone should be able to code - Irish Times | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Computer programmer says professionals no longer have an advantage over novices

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Short article on Stephen Wolfram promoting the Wolfram Lanaguage

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Wolfram Tech Innovation Summer Camp

Wolfram Tech Innovation Summer Camp | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Program for advanced high school students with a passion for science, math, or technology, and who would like to work with the Wolfram Language.
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Wish we had this in Australia - awesome opportunity for a few!

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Corona SDK is now Free + Mac/Win Desktop Apps + GDC | Corona Labs

Corona SDK is now Free + Mac/Win Desktop Apps + GDC | Corona Labs | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
We have to big announcements! Corona SDK is now completely free, and Mac and Win32 desktop apps are coming soon. Read on for all the details.
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I am a fan of the Corona SDK (which uses the LUA programming language). Currently teaching  a senior class with this SDK. 

Now free, so worth trying if you have time. 

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10 of the coolest cloud programming languages

10 of the coolest cloud programming languages | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you want to pick a portfolio of computer languages to master, look at these 10 great options that are used across the cloud computing world.
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Interesting, but rather obscure list - doesn't include Wolfram Programming Language either.

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Two New Resources On Coding for Teachers

Two New Resources On Coding for Teachers | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Coding is becoming one of the essential literacies in the 21st century education. There is a growing demand now for teaching students how to code. In his wonderful TED talk titled "Let's teach kids to code", Scientist Mitch Resnick made this beautiful analogy: "When kids learn to code , it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning. It's useful to make an analogy to reading and writing, when you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn."


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Definitely worth checking out if you teach coding.

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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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New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.

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Life After the Hour of Code

Life After the Hour of Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Give students a taste of coding, point them at the resources, and their enthusiasm will let them apply a once-nerdy skill to any subject area.
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Demystifying Coding and Programming - Just Scratchin' Around (#ionapsict)

Demystifying Coding and Programming - Just Scratchin' Around (#ionapsict) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Jenny Ashby @jjash may not know it, but her Sydney #slide2learn session on Beebots and coding gave me the push I needed to take a risk, and experiment with Scratch programming in Years 4 and 5 in l...
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Home | All you need is code

Home | All you need is code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

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Magic and Computational Thinking

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Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around magic tricks that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in...
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Teaching Kids Modern Coding Strategies with Stickers | Robot Magazine

Teaching Kids Modern Coding Strategies with Stickers | Robot Magazine | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a sticker set for teaching young children to code.
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Intro to Programming Nanodegree - Learn to Code

Intro to Programming Nanodegree - Learn to Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn to code by diving into HTML, CSS and Python based projects designed for beginners with Udacity's Introduction to Programming Nanodegree.
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Udacity offer "Nanodegrees' (Industry credentials for today's jobs in tech) - this one is in programming.

Interesting terminology - competing with Udemy/Lynda, etc.

Hard to know which is best value for money, but I suspect that the Lynda courses may be.

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Teaching elementary students to code begins with connecting to resources, looking beyond 1:1, trusting kids to learn, involving the school community, and making it fun.
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Adventures in Programming

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A new guide to creative computing from Assistant Professor Karen Brennan empowers teachers and students.
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Here's the link the guide - http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

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Stanford study shows success of different programming styles in computer science class | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Stanford study shows success of different programming styles in computer science class | Stanford Graduate School of Education | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

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