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Programming Goes Back to School | May 2012 | Communications of the ACM

Programming Goes Back to School | May 2012 | Communications of the ACM | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

We believe we have found a systemic strategy for integrating CT education in middle schools in a way that exposes a large number of students and is appealing to girls as well as to underrepresented students. The Scalable Game Design project will continue as an NSF Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) project to advance a research based framework for broadening participation. 


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I would also add....Having students do projects rather than just learn programming skills motivates them - a concept used by LCSI in LogoWriter and MicroWorlds for more than 25 years. 

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The impact of computational thinking on our view of the world
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You Can Already Code—You Just Don’t Know It Yet

You Can Already Code—You Just Don’t Know It Yet | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
When someone tells you they code, it’s as if they’re calling you from inside the world’s most exclusive club.

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Future will be built by those who know how to code | Sitra

“The aim of basic education is to teach us general knowledge and programming has become part of that in the 21st century,” says Linda Liukas, co-writer of the new Koodi2016 (Code 2016, only in Finnish) report.

“Not everyone will become a coder, but everyone has the right to understand how it works.

 

“We want to show people that teaching kids to code is not rocket science. It’s about teaching them computational thinking and problem-solving skills across disciplines,” Liukas explains.

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Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code - New Zealand Herald

Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code - New Zealand Herald | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it


Imagine teaching every child in this country how to program a computer - from age 5. When you think about it, it is odd that we don't.


Don't get me wrong. I know we have computers in the classroom. The kids all get a go and some of them get the bug.

 

But shouldn't we be teaching them to speak the language? If we're looking for ways to really transform our economy and create well-paid jobs then equipping the entire population with the basic skills to participate in the technological revolution doesn't seem like a bad idea.



What's needed of course is the will and the vision to implement this kind of educational policy.

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Introducing Computational Thinking Into Your School

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We are failing our students. The great majority of our high school students in Australia are leaving school without any significant awareness that the world of employment has changed, especially in the area of 21st Century Skills and STEMx[1] careers.

Computational Thinking[2] is now being recognized as that vital, to future employment and career success, that it is being called the 4th R

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Special Series: Teaching Data Journalism - PBS MediaShift

Special Series: Teaching Data Journalism - PBS MediaShift | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

In my own department, we cover numeracy and Excel in an introductory course but are just now developing a more intensive advanced look at computational thinking, analysis and visualization.

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Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
For my generation, programming is still a luxury – an impressive resume booster. For children growing up today, programming will be a necessity.
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A Breakdown of the Raspberry Pi Computer

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Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer the size of a credit card, has captured the imaginations of students, educators and tinkerers around the world since it became available in 2012.
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Collaborative learning — for robots - MIT News

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That type of model-building gets complicated, however, in cases in which clusters of robots work as teams. The robots may have gathered information that, collectively, would produce a good model but which, individually, is almost useless. If constraints on power, communication, or computation mean that the robots can’t pool their data at one location, how can they collectively build a model?

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Everyone Needs to Take Part in the Coding Revolution

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It comes down to something called “computational thinking,” which is basically being able to look at raw data and solve a problem. It's a lot more difficult than that, however.
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Debunking the STEM vs. humanities debate

 Did you know that almost all of the academic resources that you access online have been thoughtfully, and skillfully, presented by skilled computer technologists? And did you know that those computational experts are also in the humanities?

 

The field of digital humanities relates to work that is at the “intersection of computational technology and humanities content,” said Johanna Drucker, a professor at UCLA and co-author of the book Digital_Humanities.

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Thinking Computing At Schools: Computational Thinking

With me now being a big supporter of CAS though, I thought I should get a proper understanding of what ‘Computational Thinking’ accurately refers to. After looking at quite a lot of definitions and explanations from different sources, I believe I now have a reasonable understanding of it, but I’ve also realized that this understanding


I have two goals for writing this post:1. To try and provide a simpler description of the term (ideally to spare you having to go through all the sources that I have)
2.  To almost test my own understanding of what information I’ve read, by writing a summary of it – one I can go back to if needed

wasn’t gained from one single source but actually by a combination of many. 

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Literacy, numeracy and the next step… programming - FutureLearn

The future of computing & the increasing need to upskill from the basics of literacy & numeracy to the universal language of computer code 

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50th anniversary of BASIC and, more important, computer literacy ...

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Kemeny and Kurtz realized that this meant non-specialists would be able to program and use computers in the future and they decided to create a computer literacy course that would be taken by all students at Dartmouth, not  just the engineers and scientists.

For that to happen, they needed a time-sharing system of their own and a simple, teaching-oriented language, so they built the DTSS and invented BASIC with funding from the National Science Foundation.

 

BASIC was not intended to be used in production -- it initially had only 15 statement types -- it was intended solely to teach algorithmic thinking and introduce the notion of a stored program. 

Once DTSS and BASIC were running, they were able to offer the first computer literacy course with the goal of teaching the skills and concepts needed for success as a student and after graduation as a professional and citizen.

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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 Tinkering | Scoop.it

Technology in schools will no longer be micromanaged by Whitehall,” Gove said back in 2012. “By withdrawing the [current ICT] programme of study, we’re giving teachers freedom over what and how to teach.”

 

The new programme was drawn up by members of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with a fresh emphasis on computer science, and specifically on coding and computational thinking. It’s a move that could redress years of neglect and close an urgent IT skills gap, but are schools ready to handle the change?



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21st Century Literacy: New Initiative Makes the Case that Learning to Code is for Everyone | Berkman Center

"Many people view computer programming as a narrow, technical activity appropriate for only a small segment of the population. But, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from MIT’s Media Lab, the University of California’s Digital Media and Learning (DML) Research Hub, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society is seeking to change that."


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Mitchel Resnick, : “Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies.”

To ease the transition into coding, the MIT team is developing a series of interest-based “microworlds” — specialized coding environments designed to connect with young people’s interests. For example, those interested in dancing could use a microworld to program musical beats and the movement of dancing characters on the screen.  

- Sounds good!!

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

Computer science education – Is there a crisis? | Impact Lab | Computational Tinkering | 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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An Exploration in the Space of Mathematics Educations

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Seymour Papert: An Exploration in the Space of Mathematics Educations, 1996—use computational thinking to forge ideas http://t.co/FRhmUdtSzl
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The Daily Papert

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“Many children are held back in their learning because they have a model of learning in which you have either ‘got it’ or ‘got it wrong.’ But when you program a computer you almost never get it right the first time. Learning to be a master programmer is learning to become highly skilled at isolating and correcting bugs … The question to ask about the program is not whether it is right or wrong, but if it is fixable. If this way of looking at intellectual products were generalized to how the larger culture thinks about knowledge and its acquisition we might all be less intimidated by our fears of ‘being wrong.’”

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From 1980 - still waiting for this to be the norm in school. If you haven't done so, read Mindstorms. 

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CSTA | Computational Thinking


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Sugestões muito interessantes, pela CSTA - Computer Science Teachers Association.

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Learning to code opens up magical new worlds

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Prepare yourself for the future, have fun and learn logic and problem-solving by taking up coding
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Learning computational thinking | Nesta

Learning computational thinking | Nesta | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Exploring what underpins the 'coding' dominating the media discussion around computing in education.
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Introducing Computational Thinking Into Your School

We are failing our students. The great majority of our high school students in Australia are leaving school without any significant awareness that the world of employment has changed, especially in the area of 21 Century Skills and STEMx[1] careers.

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Summary: “Infusing Computational Thinking into the Middle and High School Curriculum

This article discusses a project that was used to introduce and improve computational thinking in curriculum for middle and high school students. The project, Computational Thinking across the Curriculum Project, changed six courses at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. 

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Computer Programming Is a Dying Art - Newsweek


Writing code is a terrible way for humans to instruct computers. Lucky for us, new technology is about to render programming languages about as useful as Latin.

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But, on the other hand, computational thinking remains a growing field and  important lens through which to view the world's issues.

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Don't Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy - TechCrunch

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There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code.

 

This winter I decided to learn iOS. What I forgot is that the most common state for a programmer is a sense of inadequacy. As a programmer, there is a limitless amount of stuff to learn. You can become a specialist in one language or framework, but if your job is to build things efficiently, you will constantly need to be learning new tools and constantly feel out of your depth. It helps to be mentally prepared for feeling stupid.

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