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Here Be Dragons by Chris Leach (Paperback) - Lulu

Here Be Dragons is a project for Key Stage Two that introduces concepts of computer science and computational thinking in an interesting and engaging way. The project covers binary, pseudo-code and sorting algorithms. The book contains photocopiable material so that you can start using the project with your classes straight away. 


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Computational Thinking book for KS2 (UK - Key Stage 2) students.

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Supercomputing requires math, thinking skills, algebra and computational thinking and an awareness of gateways to computing.
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Ow.ly - CodingComp_Postcard_2014.pdf uploaded by @rpodeschi

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Download and share CodingComp_Postcard_2014.pdf uploaded by @rpodeschi and hosted by Ow.ly (Pair up with a buddy and get #Coding - #StateFarm Coding Competition on 10/18.
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Political computational thinking: cross-sector policy networks in the construction of 'learning to code' in the computing curriculum

‘Learning to code’ has become a major policy agenda in education policy in England. This paper provides a ‘policy network analysis’ tracing the governmental, business and civil society actors now operating in ‘policy networks’ to project learning to code into the reformed National Curriculum programmes of study for Computing.

 

 It can be argued that learning to code is a kind of inculcation into new computational ways of interacting with the world, as channelled through the ‘rules’ of computer science and the disciplinary systems of thought associated with programmers. Such practices are intended to prepare them for a world in which computational thinking and coding practices are seen as potential solutions to all of today’s political and economic problems, with Big Data as the source for those solutions and algorithmic procedures to operationalize them. Through learning to code, young people are being configured in the conduct of coders, with the skills and capacities to write the code to engineer,solve and ‘hack’ the future of the solutionist state.


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Susan Einhorn's curator insight, September 18, 1:42 PM

What seems to be overlooked in this research is the value of computational thinking when approaching new problems and that this is but one approach, not the only one to use. On the other hand, the author makes some interesting statements about defining policies based on economic needs and corporate interests rather than the benefits to students. 

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My Paperless Classroom: The Coding Lesson: Programming in Primary

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-continuing a series on teaching coding in primary grades- we explore the teachers role in the coding classroom

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Tara Linney's curator insight, September 14, 8:50 AM

Incorporating Programming into Primary Grades.

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Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

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Common Sense Media editors help you choose Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids.

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Tara Linney's curator insight, September 14, 8:40 AM

Partial list of reviewed apps and websites that teach kids how to code.

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Seymour Papert - YouTube

A wonderful clip made for television of Seymour Papert's early work on using computers to spark childrens' imaginations. Seymour Papert was the man behind th...
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Video For My Classroom: The Flipped Classroom: Scratch: How can we be creative with coding?

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Studyzone.tv - Maths Games, Video Lessons and Worksheets

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Used by schools up and down the country, our video lessons and games are a great resource to help you boost your maths and coding skills.
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Activities | Computer Science Unplugged

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http://t.co/89C0L2Pp3t @qsite @jorganiser computational thinking for kids, even lower primary.
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Pushing the Start button on a computer science curriculum for K-12 schools

Aspiring farmers and entertainers ought to be computer whizzes, according to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The nonprofit organization invited more than two dozen education and business leaders from across California last week to discuss how to make that happen.
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Paul Herring's curator insight, September 7, 12:33 AM

Not enough students are doing Computer Science - some options discussed: "

"Giving students science or math credits for computer science courses could also be an incentive for students to enroll."
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"Some suggested making computer science a requirement for graduation."

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How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning | Edudemic

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning | Edudemic | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it

by Kate Wilson

 

"True Project Based Learning (PBL) challenges students to acquire deeper knowledge of a concept by establishing connections outside their classroom. According to the research on PBL, the main tenets are to create real world connections, develop critical thinking skills, foster structured collaboration, motivate student driven work, and enable a multifaceted approach. 

 

"Similarly, coding applies all of these core tenets as programs require logical thinking, team work, a variety of tools, and – most importantly – perseverance on the part of the student. Consider the potential of applying the challenges of coding to the proven successful tenets of PBL."


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A computing revolution in schools - BBC News

A computing revolution in schools - BBC News | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it

There are bound to be teething troubles as schools get to grips with this new approach to teaching about computers. But we should not lose sight of the long term aim - which is not necessarily to produce a nation of Mark Zuckerbergs. Only a minority of children will have any great interest in or aptitude for coding, just as only a few will want to become mathematicians.

 

But most of them will need to understand something about how computers work and just about all of them can enjoy the creative possibilities that digital technology offers. If we can show a new generation how to be the masters not the servants of the machines of the future, then that is a prize worth winning.


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Computational Thinking: How To Get It, and Why It’s Important « Annie Murphy Paul


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Teaching Computer Science Without Touching a Computer

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A group of children on a playground, each kid clutching a slip of paper with a number on it, moves along a line drawn in chalk, comparing numbers as they go and sorting themselves into ascending order from one to 10. Another group of children, sitting in a circle, passes...
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Visual Programming Language - Infograph and Introduction

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This is an introduction and a flashback to the history of Visual Programming Languages. The infograph is further down the page. Visual Programming Languages (VPL): When coding becomes a matter of m...

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"When coding becomes a matter of manipulating graphic objects rather than text-based codes.WYSIWYG and an intuitive interface are key characteristics and syntax errors are impossible. This makes VPLs possible for kids at much younger age than traditional coding languages." - well stated!

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Code.org

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Code.org releases a new free, teacher-friendly console for tracking students' progress in learning how to Code (via block-based coding methods).

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There aren't enough teachers with coding skills

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Teachers learn to code on the fly as more districts incorporate digital requirements.

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Tara Linney's curator insight, September 14, 8:35 AM

Teachers needing to learn how to code in order to teach coding classes in TN.

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Should Kids Learn to Code?

Should Kids Learn to Code? | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Should kids learn to code? In short yes; children should be getting an education in computer programming. Here's why and how to start with your kids.

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Even the General Assembly sees Coding as a language. If we're to become bilingual, then we should begin learning a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) language in Kindergarten.

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15 Best CSS Tools to Speed Up Your Coding

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CSS is most popular programming from its benefits of having clean, organized structure.
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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide Free Guide ~ makeuseof

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Free Guide to Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide. This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.

 

"Your Ideal Linux Getting Started Guide

This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own."


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Educator, Learner | Game Theory and Computational Thinking

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Game Theory and Computational Thinking http://t.co/LYjTFpRGmf
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Coding in the Classroom: Computational Thinking Will Allow Children to 'Change the World'

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New national curriculum gives pupils the computational thinking to "understand and change the world"

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SCHOOLS Computing

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A site with some great resources from the BBC

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Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts

Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer.
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Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play

Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it.    
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