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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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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
These six robotics resources can help educators introduce the subject into their classrooms.
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CodeWeek - Explaining how to Code to 12 yr old kids

All around Europe, kids are learning to code understand how technology that we use everyday works. Coding provides an alternative approach to solving problems…
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How to Grab and Keep Girls’ Interest in Computer Coding

How to Grab and Keep Girls’ Interest in Computer Coding | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
There's growing and well-founded concern about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields, particularly when it comes to women of color. Here are some ideas on what to do about it.

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Web-Era Trade Schools, Feeding a Need for Code

Web-Era Trade Schools, Feeding a Need for Code | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Dozens of the schools have sprung up around the country to teach computer programming, offering students a fast-paced curriculum and the promise of jobs.
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"...small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to meet industry needs) and unconcerned with SAT scores or diplomas.

Most are expensive, but some accept a share of the graduates’ first-year earnings or a finder’s fee from employers as payment....

“This is too applied, too hands-on, too small-bite to fit easily into a college (uni) curriculum,” he said. “Think of it as a place where technology outruns education.” - is this the future?

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Technology, Coding & Computer Programming Games | PowerMyLearning

Technology, Coding & Computer Programming Games | PowerMyLearning | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
PowerMyLearning has thousands of free educational games & learning activities for kids in all major K-12 subjects & aligned to the Common Core Standards.
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'Code the Town' fosters computer coding skills to Mission students, teachers

'Code the Town' fosters computer coding skills to Mission students, teachers | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
MISSION — Get ready, set and code. Mission Economic Development Corp. gave those marching orders to students and teachers for a new initiative dubbed, “Code the Town,” being set loose this week.

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Swift Video Courses and Tutorials from lynda.com

Swift Video Courses and Tutorials from lynda.com | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn how to use Swift, from beginner basics to advanced techniques, with online video tutorials taught by industry experts.
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Lynda.com courses in the new programming language for iOS

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Thinking about Computational Thinking

Short workshop in the Education strand of #dojocon2014, entitle "Thinking about (Computational) Thinking"
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Careers with Code : Careers with Code, Page 1

Careers with Code : Careers with Code, Page 1 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

A new online mag promoting careers in programming

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Looks great!

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App teaches kids computer coding

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THIS computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.
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Andela Raises Seed Round to Train Coders in Developing Countries (EdSurge News)

Andela Raises Seed Round to Train Coders in Developing Countries (EdSurge News) | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
“Across the world, brilliance is relatively evenly distributed. Opportunity is not,” explained Jeremy Johnson, the co-founder of 2U who has successfully raised venture funding for his new company, Andela, to offer coding instruction to young people in developing countries. The undisclosed seed
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Kodable gets kids programming before they can read

Kodable gets kids programming before they can read | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Kodable's Grechen Huebner tells TechRepublic how they're making programming accessible to the very young.
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Friendly Dalek teaches kids to code

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The BBC has produced a computer game called 'The Doctor and the Dalek', as part of the Make it Digital initiative to get more young people into computer coding.

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Coding with the kindergarten crowd | eSchool News | eSchool News

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Students as young as those in kindergarten can benefit from learning coding and computer programming skills.

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lynda.com Training | Learning Visual Programming with Kodu

lynda.com Training | Learning Visual Programming with Kodu | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Create games and lush 3D worlds with Kodu, the visual programming platform for kids and everyone else.
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new Lynda training in Kodu

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Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops | WIRED

Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops | WIRED | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
If you want to be a programmer, you pretty much have two choices: Take a class at a school or university, or learn on your own through books and online classes. But Ruben Abergel and Edward Lando wanna give you a third choice. That’s why they founded Hackvard, a web application dedicated to bridging the…
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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030 | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
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The potential for coding jobs is HUGE - to quote Thomas Frey "Although it won’t be an easy road ahead it will be one filled with amazing technology and huge potentials as the industries shift."

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Salesforce Pours $6M Into SF Schools, Computer Science Education | TechCrunch

Salesforce Pours $6M Into SF Schools, Computer Science Education | TechCrunch | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Salesforce.com, one of the most visibly involved tech companies in San Francisco local politics and community, said it's gifting $5 million to the city's..
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"The key part here is that the effort will make computer science an elective in San Francisco’s middle schools. It had just been an after-school offering the year before.
 

“I’m still pushing for computer science to be added to the common core, Some really large districts are shifting toward realizing that computer science is a really important skill and that they need to start teaching it at school. Some teachers are still trying to figure it out. ...
 

Computer science education through programs like Code.org will help more of the local community participate and get jobs in a technology industry that they might otherwise see as insular.

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Scratch and Computational thinking

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Martin Levin's Presentation to ACEC 2014

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A simple intro to CT with Scratch and Snap

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Computational Thinking and Archives

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Yesterday, I was part of a panel with two brilliant colleagues (and a really great moderator) about computational thinking and problem solving in a library context. The room was packed, and I found...
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I like this motivator to do Computational Thinking:

"Be uncomfortable with boring work. Let that discomfort point you toward better solutions."

 

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Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools

Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it
Back in January 2012, the now-departed education secretary Michael Gove said, “ICT in schools is a mess”. He went on to argue that what was needed was a rigorous computer science curriculum. Now, from…
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I think we should also be concerned in Australia about the lack of teacher preparedness for our new Digital Technologies curriculum. I suspect that some 80%+ of our teachers also have no idea what 'Computational Thinking' is.

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New Learning Times : Article The Importance Of Tinkering

New Learning Times : Article The Importance Of Tinkering | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

Study Design: Learning to code has gained new momentum in recent years with the proliferation of innovative and easily accessible online resources. However, little is known about how novice programmers learn to program. The authors wanted to explore this topic and focused on one specific learning activity, tinkering, that has been theorized by scholars as a crucial activity for beginning programmers. It has historically been difficult to capture data on tinkering activities because they are, by definition, very subtle and incremental shifts in behavior that might not follow an established pattern.


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"This paper provides strong empirical evidence of the importance of tinkering for learning"

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Tinkering suggests working with what is there, keeping what works, and changing what needs changing.

 

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Computational Thinking as a National Capability

Computational Thinking as a National Capability | Computational Thinking In Digital Technologies | Scoop.it

 With the increasing digitisation of our environment and reliance on the Internet, coding and computational thinking will be the new, important skills in the 21st century. Computational thinking is an approach to solving problems, building systems and understanding human behaviour that draws on the power and limits of computing. As coding is the language of computational thinking, learning to read and write this language may become as important as literacy in the more traditional language forms. Coding and computational thinking should be taught to all Singaporeans and made a national capability. This will enable our workforce, regardless of field or profession, to have the necessary skills to benefit from opportunities in the future.


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Singapore getting serious

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