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Computational Thinking for Kids | Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science

Computational Thinking for Kids | Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Before you click over to Amazon to buy your little drool monster a book on Web design, IMACS can offer you a few examples of how to introduce computational thinking to children through easy activities that are familiar to you, even if you think you’re computationally challenged.

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Jacqueline Taylor-Adams's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:07 PM

In urban communities the "Digital Divide" is not as big as the "Fear Factor." Often times, their are families who subliminally believe negative messaging that may have come from family and/or mass media. Also, I can remember as a working adult when the University of Pennsylvania switched from a paper system to computer system! Many of us adults over age ** have not always had technology. Too many of these adults who are parenting children born with "computer brains" feel that they can not learn "all this technology stuff."


So, I encourage you to not only read this great article, but look at it as a tool for anyone of any age who may think they are not "computational." Don't forget to share your feedback and comments. Now, Go Forth and Learn!



Jacqueline Taylor-Adams

Chairperson / CMO

http://facebook.com/UrbanTechFair

Jacqueline Taylor-Adams's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:11 PM

In urban communities the "Digital Divide" is not as big as the "Fear Factor." Often times, their are families who subliminally believe negative messaging that may have come from family and/or mass media. Also, I can remember as a working adult when the University of Pennsylvania switched from a paper system to computer system! Many of us adults over age ** have not always had technology. Too many of these adults who are parenting children born with "computer brains" feel that they can not learn "all this technology stuff."


So, I encourage you to not only read this great article, but look at it as a tool for anyone of any age who may think they are not "computational." Don't forget to share your feedback and comments.Now, Go Forth and Learn!



Jacqueline Taylor-Adams

Chairperson / CMO

http://facebook.com/UrbanTechFair

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Kids, AI devices, and intelligent toys – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium

Kids, AI devices, and intelligent toys – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

The dichotomy between machines and living things is narrowing. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is embedded in all kinds of technology, from robots to social networks. This affects the youngest among us as we see the emergence of an “Internet of Toys.” The trend is what prompted us to explore the impact of those “smart,” interconnected playthings on children.


Beyond ethical and security issues, the emergence of these devices raises serious questions about how children’s interactions with smart toys may influence their perceptions of intelligence, cognitive development, and social behavior. So, our long-term research objectives are motivated by the following questions: How could exposure to, or interaction with, these smart bots affect children? What are the short- and long-term cognitive and civic implications? What design considerations could we propose to address the ethical concerns surrounding these issues?

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Hip-Hop Coding: Exploring the Connections Between Computational Thinking and Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop Coding: Exploring the Connections Between Computational Thinking and Hip-Hop Culture | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Since its 1970s Bronx origins, hip-hop culture has been driven by youth and the appropriation of technologies and cultural materials for creative expression. 


Although terms such as looping, remixing, and sequencing are common to the language of both hip-hop production and coding, the relationships between these two techno-cultural worlds have largely remained unexamined. One of the highlights of the Hip-Hop and Scratch Coding Summit that took place last month in Cleveland, Ohio was precisely the exploration of those relationships through a series of hands-on activities and conversations with teachers, after-school facilitators, librarians, and hip-hop educators from all over the U.S.


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Machine learning could help us tackle depression

Machine learning could help us tackle depression | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

By detecting trends that humans are unable to spot, researchers hope to treat the disorder more effectively.


Recently, many artificial intelligence researchers have begun to develop ways to apply machine learning to medical situations. Such approaches are able to spot trends and details across huge data sets that humans would never be able to, teasing out results that can be used to diagnose other patients. The New Yorker recently ran a particularly interesting essay about using the technique to make diagnoses from medical scans.

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Complex Computational Thinking in Gameplay

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Board games are an unexpected way to unlock computational thinking.


While computational thinking has been recognized as a valuable educational practice, there has been little research examining this skill in everyday practices. Computational thinking is not necessarily tied to a computer environment and instead can be applied to many planning tasks such as packing for a trip or playing a board game. This study examined computational thinking embedded in the collaborative play of a cooperative board game.

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How Digital Literacy Empowers Young Student Activists

How Digital Literacy Empowers Young Student Activists | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Social justice movements have increasingly turned to social media to organize. Hashtags such as #icantbreathe, #nodapl, and #bringbackourgirls have created increased awareness around issues affecting communities across the U.S. and internationally. Two researcher-educators explored digital literacy as a site for activist work with tween-aged students in New York. The two-year collaboration between these teachers aimed to promote inquiry, enhance student learning, and generate action toward social justice.

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Matthew Battles,  technology’s impact on our experience of art, culture, and the natural world, etc

The Associate Director of metaLAB digs deep for his upcoming book, TREE.

 

Matthew Battles is a maker and thinker whose work merges literary, scholarly, and artistic forms of inquiry. His writing on the cultural dimensions of science and technology appears in The American Scholar, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York Times. At metaLAB, Matthew advances an agenda of creative research exploring the dark abundance of collections in libraries and museums; technology’s impact on our experience of art, culture, and the natural world; and the conditions of culture and experience in the context of deep time.

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Debating the Ethics of Machine-Enhanced Humans Is a Learning Curve

Debating the Ethics of Machine-Enhanced Humans Is a Learning Curve | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Philosophical frameworks give technological advancement a moral compass.

 

As human augmentation becomes more common for everything from improving memory to vision, public discourse on the ethics surrounding the practice have grown. Deus Ex is leading this conversation with their newly released ethical design framework for human augmentation.

 

How much can humans be altered before they are no longer considered human? Can robots who feel pain, learn, and respond emotionally be considered human? What if everyone around you adopts a special augmentation, but you don’t want it, do you have the right to say no? Deus Ex is working with academics, entrepreneurs, and developers to answer these questions.

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Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points

Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Anxious about the widespread consumption and spread of propaganda and fake news during this year’s election cycle, many progressives are calling for an increased commitment to media literacy programs…
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Be Careful What You Code For – Data & Society: Points

Be Careful What You Code For – Data & Society: Points | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Technology can be amazingly empowering. But only when it is implemented in a responsible manner. Code doesn’t create magic. Without the right checks and balances, it can easily be misused. In the world of civic tech, we need to conscientiously think about the social and environmental costs, just as urban planners do.

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2016: A year in the life of the Lab – MIT Media Lab

2016: A year in the life of the Lab – MIT Media Lab | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

We’ve all been witness to some trying times over the past 12 months, both in the United States and across the world. In sharing some of the highlights of the past year, we are fully cognizant of the challenges ahead, of the importance of academic freedom, and of ways we can best address some of the most critical global needs.

Toward this end, I was one of more than 626 MIT faculty members who recently signed a statement upholding our values of science and diversity. In adding my name to the distinguished list of signers, I emphasized that today’s academic institutions must remain havens to protect diversity of opinions and the freedom to express those opinions when the political climate threatens to impinge upon those freedoms.

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Is this graphic novel STEM education’s secret sauce?

Is this graphic novel STEM education’s secret sauce? | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
A new graphic novel that uses computational thinking to teach students to code might be the next big thing in STEM education.

 

Curly Bracket, from Ashoka fellow and Swedish social entrepreneur Johan Wendt, is a combination textbook and graphic novel that builds students’ computational thinking skills.

It takes advantage of the graphic novel format to engage students with visual representations and active movement, and it shows with clarity each problem students must solve and why those problems are important.

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Craig Tashman - LiquidText will change the learning landscape

The CEO of LiquidText on changing the way we interact with digital text.

 

Craig Tashman is founder and CEO of LiquidText, a NYC based startup that develop products to help professionals and students find, understand, and share unstructured textual information. Tashman earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing where he explored better ways to support deep, critical reading through flexible document representations. His previous research included interactive visualizations for desktop window management, visualizations for usable security, three-dimensional image creation, and data compression.

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Stop Teaching Programming, Start Teaching Computational Thought | Make:

Stop Teaching Programming, Start Teaching Computational Thought | Make: | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Educators want to teach programming to make a generation of coders, but even non-coders can benefit from learning computational thought.

 

Computational thinkers aren’t just programmers. They’re the people who can create lovely intricate patterns in Illustrator, or make a really cool gizmo in Minecraft, or make a MIDI synthesizer play crazy microtonal jazz solos. They understand not only how to make a computer speak, but they also have an imagination for what it could possibly say.


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AI Advance – Berkman Klein Center Collection – Medium

AI Advance – Berkman Klein Center Collection – Medium | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Together with the MIT Media Lab, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently launched the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative and the two now serve as anchor institutions for a fund aimed at developing activities, research, and tools to ensure that fast-advancing AI and related technologies serve the public interest.

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Re:Coding Refugee Camps

Re:Coding Refugee Camps | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Teaching coding to refugees and displaced youth in Iraq.


Re:Coded is a program based out of the Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Professional Studies and is supported by the United Nations Development Program. Re:Coded trains refugees and displaced Iraqi youth in web development to create new pathways into in-demand technology careers. Re:Coded believes that learning to code offers thought processes and technical skills that are valuable for improving the lives of refugees and displaced youth.

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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: A Lovely Children’s Book About the World’s First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: A Lovely Children’s Book About the World’s First Computer Programmer | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

How a little girl with dreams of flying changed the world in footnotes.


One of the most interesting and timeless aspects of Lovelace’s story is that her foray into programming bore the mark of what Albert Einstein called “combinatory play,” which he considered the key characteristic of how his mind worked and which bespeaks the combinatorial nature of all creativity — the ability to connect the seemingly unconnected by cross-pollinating questions and insights across disparate domains to create something entirely novel.

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Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make

Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Create-your-own computer kit opens new tech opportunities for kids.

 

Kano opens up the world of physical computing to kids. As computers have become more affordable and reliable, fewer people are learning what is going on inside them. Kano aims to change the way kids see computers through creating kits with all the pieces necessary to build a fully-functional computer. The Kano approach to learning follows three guiding principles: (1) simple steps, (2) storytelling, and (3) physical computing. After tying all these principles together, the overarching goal is to create a sense of play.

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An Augmented Reality Lego Set Helps MIT Design Healthier Cities

An Augmented Reality Lego Set Helps MIT Design Healthier Cities | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
When groups collaborate at the MIT Media Lab, the creativity soars.

 

When designers team up with engineers and computer scientists, the results can be greater than what any group produces on their own. Take, for instance, the augmented reality Lego set created in order to visualize urban design.

 

This construction used augmented reality to display data visualization as a moving process, keeping track of statistics like population density and transportation patterns. The team’s goal is to use the augmented reality Lego cityscape to analyze the impact of design on wellness. 

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The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

 

Develop the skills machines can’t replicate.

 

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making  medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social and personal implications — and particularly the implications for our careers. As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves. But which ones?

 

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American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong

American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

The typical coding apps don’t get at the heart of computer science. Instead they stay at the surface, teaching what is comfortable and catchy. In that sense, they are equivalent to the songs on today’s “Top 40”—fun to listen to but offering no real insight or understanding into music literacy, meaning, or theory. Computing and computer science is the equivalent of immersing in a thicker study of music—its origins, influences, aesthetics, applications, theories, composition, techniques, variations and meanings. In other words, the actual foundations and experiences that change an individual’s mindset.

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The Year of the Robot

Our favorite research articles about how robots are taking over the learning sector.

1. Robots Imitate Cognitive Development Capabilities

2. Building Better Robot Tutors

3. It's Getting Easier for Pre-K Kids to Learn Robotics

4. Playful Talk Enhances Collaborative Robotics Learning

5. Rethinking the Robot
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Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it

Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s more like an assembly line Rube Goldberg-style device that pieces together its own Lego creations..

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DT10: Virtual Reality. We have virtual reality. What’s next is straight out of ‘The Matrix’

DT10: Virtual Reality. We have virtual reality. What’s next is straight out of ‘The Matrix’ | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
The fizzled fever dream of the ‘90s is finally real thanks to hardware scraps from the smartphone revolution, but where is VR taking us? And are we sure we really want to go there?

 

 

What is it like to walk in someone else’s shoes? Books allow us to imagine it, and movies allow us to see it, but VR is the first medium that actually allows us to experience it. As VR developers catch on, generating empathy may turn out to be one of the medium’s most unique and powerful abilities.

Jeremy Bailenson, the founder of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, has spent years researching how VR may help us understand one another better, and the results are encouraging.

 


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NES Classic Edition sells out: What old games can teach a new generation

NES Classic Edition sells out: What old games can teach a new generation | Computational Tinkering | Scoop.it
Old-school games like those of Nintendo's original console are being used to teach young programmers across the US.

 

One study led by Northwestern University learning technologist Uri Wilensky found that when high school students were tasked with recreating an existing video game, they were four times more likely "to draw inspiration from a game that could be played on an Atari or in an ‘80s arcade than on an Xbox or Play Station. Younger students are also cutting their teeth on programming with vintage games.

 

 

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Robots Imitate Cognitive Development Capabilities

Research confirms your sci-fi fears are becoming reality.

 

New research shows that robots have the ability to demonstrate cognitive evolution. Using theories on child development, researchers have run tests with robots to grasp a full understanding of their programmable learning abilities. The positive results show that robots have the ability to recognize both humans and avatars from their behavioral imitations. Simply put, this means they now have the ability to demonstrate the learning process that takes place in the minds of most infants.

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