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Supercomputing requires math, thinking skills, algebra and computational thinking and an awareness of gateways to computing.
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What is App Inventor? | Explore MIT App Inventor

What is App Inventor? | Explore MIT App Inventor | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
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Exploring Computer Science

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A K-12/university partnership committed to democratizing computer science.
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Best with the training , great resources here.

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Hadi Partovi's Code.org ramps up with 3.5M students

Hadi Partovi's Code.org ramps up with 3.5M students | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Code.org merges with Computing in the Core, partners with ACM
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This group presented at the CSTA  National conference. 

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Computer Science Gets Plug in House Bill to Revise ESEA

Computer Science Gets Plug in House Bill to Revise ESEA | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Computer science spurred a rare display of bipartisanship during the recent House debate to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python ...

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This book introduces students with little or no prior programming experience to the art of computational problem solving using Python and various Python libraries, including PyLab. It provides students with skills that will enable them to make ...
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Portland's Code Scouts help women break into tech industry

Portland's Code Scouts help women break into tech industry | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Portland computer programmer Michelle Rowley hopes her group provides the mentorship and camaraderie women need to enter the tech industry mid-career.
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Mentoring, group process for girls.

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How supercomputers solve giant problems - NBC News.com

How supercomputers solve giant problems - NBC News.com | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
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Supercomputers are used for everything from forecasting weather to modeling the human brain.

What sets supercomputers apart is the size and difficulty of the tasks they can tackle and solve, said Jack Wells, director of science at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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Alec Couros' Keynote from FUSION 2013: Identity, Networks & Connected Learning

"Keynote speaker Dr. Alec Couros took us on a journey to examine how we are currently exiting the age of personal computer and entering a new mobile reality. Emerging technologies now provide us with the tools to drastically transform our learning environments, and for the first time in history, learners now have the technical ability to learn anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Yet, transitioning away from our industrial model of education will not be easy, and leaves us with many questions. What does it mean to be literate? How can social networks and new media be used to support student learning? How do we deal with digital identity & citizenship? This presentation outlined our new technological reality, featured examples of how social networks can transform learning environments, and guided FUSION attendees in examining the potentials and pitfalls of 21 century learning. 

"Couros is a professor of educational technology and media and the Coordinator of Information and Communications Technology at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. "


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Lots of things for educators to think about.

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The Big V's of Big Data | Visual.ly

The Big V's of Big Data | Visual.ly | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Big Data is unmistakenly a key trend that businesses must acclimate with proper computing infrastructures and storage tools. However, in order to avoi
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Ideation scaffolding to explain how information becomes big data.

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Experts Weigh in on K-12 Coding & CS Resources

Experts Weigh in on K-12 Coding & CS Resources | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
A big city superintendent called last week and asked for recommendations for K-12 resources for teaching coding and computer science so we reached out to some folks in the know. Here’s a summary of...
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Evolving the definition of Computational thinking

Evolving the definition of Computational thinking | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it

Computer science can be better understood as a process of problem solving using Computers. Thus, while Computers play an important part in understanding Computer Science, the key skill of a Computer Scientist lies in the ability to solve problems using Computers

 

It could be tempting to reduce computational thinking to just another subject to be taught in schools. However, if we take a more aspirational viewpoint  -then the interplay between humans and computers will change the behaviour of both.

 

A more sweeping definition of Computational Thinking would call for new skills, new ways of thinking and make a radical change to the economies who adopt these principles.

 

The intriguing question is:

Over the years, how will the thinking of the learners (students) evolve? 

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Could we end up addressing even more complex problems? i.e. Could Computer Science cause a virtuous cycle towards greater innovation if Computational thinking allows us to address increasingly complex problems over the generations?


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- Berkeley Independent

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 There is a shortage of computer scientists, and demand for this career is expected to increase in the next decade.That's what led Google to pilot a...
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There is a shortage of computer scientists, and demand for this career is expected to increase in the next decade.

That's what led Google to pilot a new program at its Berkeley County Data Center just outside Goose Creek, where the Internet giant will train future computer science educators for the next two years.

The Google Computer Science Teaching Fellows Practicum is a two-year, post-graduate program designed to develop leaders in computer science education, according to Lilyn Hester, who handles public relations for Google.
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Passage of bipartisan CS-focused amendment

The US House of Representatives approved a bipartisan, CS-focused amendment to legislation that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act....
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Tutorials | Explore MIT App Inventor

Tutorials | Explore MIT App Inventor | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
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MIT App Inventor.. lessons, exploration and inventions on an android phone. Cool stuff.

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From Lego bricks to C++: promoting computational thinking skills in U.S. schools | Michael E. Papka

From Lego bricks to C++: promoting computational thinking skills in U.S. schools | Michael E. Papka | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
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TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) is a nonprofit tech-literacy teaching program that grew out of Microsoft engineer Kevin Wang’s desire to teach computer science in his spare time. Microsoft liked it, funded it, and made Wang its chief promoter. That was in 2009. For the 2013-2014 academic year, Wang just placed 250 volunteers in 65 schools in 12 states.
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New Skins: Computational Design for Fashion Workshop, by Francis Bitonti - Core77.com (blog)

New Skins: Computational Design for Fashion Workshop, by Francis Bitonti - Core77.com (blog) | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
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New Skins: Computational Design for Fashion Workshop, by Francis Bitonti
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"I want to give the fashion industry the opportunity to see how computation can be more than a means of execution," says Bitonti.
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Computers meet the fashion industry.

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Machineers: Playfully introducing programming to children: a Unite Nordic 2013 presentation

Henrike Lode's talk on making educational games that kids actually want to play.
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US doubles supercomputing power in battle against hurricanes - The Verge

US doubles supercomputing power in battle against hurricanes - The Verge | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
US doubles supercomputing power in battle against hurricanes The Verge As America braces for a rise in extreme weather patterns, including "an active or extremely active" hurricane season, NOAA has significantly boosted the power of its...
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NMSU camp aims to spark girls' interest in computer science

NMSU camp aims to spark girls' interest in computer science | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
LAS CRUCES >> Vista Middle School seventh grader Alexia Hoffman is "catching bananas" at summer camp, but not the kind you eat.
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Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

http://www.ted.com From rockets to stock markets, math powers many of humanity's most thrilling creations. So why do kids lose interest? Conrad Wolfram says ...
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Frogger Helps Teach Kids Computer Science

Students at Aspen Creek K-8 in Broomfield are using Agentsheets, a program developed by CU-Boulder professor Alex Repenning to design video games in an after...
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This is a course that I took as a newbie in Colorado.
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Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue

Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Hadi Partovi launches Code.org because he'd like to see all high schools offer computer science classes to prepare them for the growing cluster of job skills necessary today.
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What job skills will students need  in the future and workforce readiness.

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LilyPad Arduino

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LilyPad is a set of sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft interactive textiles. A set of sewable electronic modules–including a small programmable computer called a LilyPad Arduino and an assortment of other components like sensors, lights, and motors–can be stitched together with conductive thread to create dynamic and interactive garments and accessories.
LilyPad can sense information about the environment using a range of inputs including light and temperature sensors and can impact the environment with outputs like LED lights, vibrator motors, and speakers.

LilyPad was designed by Leah Buechley. The commercial version of the kit was collaboratively designed by Leah and SparkFun Electronics.

- See more at: http://lilypadarduino.org/#sthash.2tG4enOv.dpuf
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As Machines Get Smarter, Evidence They Learn Like Us | Simons Foundation

As Machines Get Smarter, Evidence They Learn Like Us | Simons Foundation | COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN K-12 | Scoop.it
Studies show that computer models called neural networks behave strikingly similar to actual brains when performing certain tasks, suggesting the two may learn in the same way.
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Gateways for Open Science - XSEDE

gateways for open science kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @mozillascience xsede conference / july 22, 2013
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