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What 90% of schools don't teach - but should -

What 90% of schools don't teach - but should - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
90% of schools don't offer computer programming even though this is where the jobs will be in the future.
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Parents will need to be proactive in finding solutions outside of schools to provide their children with the skills they need

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7 Reasons Why Online Computer Classes work so well -

7 Reasons Why Online Computer Classes work so well - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
Why online computer classes are my preferred way of teaching programming to kids and teens
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At the end of this post there is a giveaway for a free online 4 week computer course for 5th-12th graders

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It's time for every student to learn to code -

It's time for every student to learn to code - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
It is time that every student should learn to code. The Hour of Code is an initiative to get every student to start on their path to programming.
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If you are in Knoxville, join us at the Hour of Code we are hosting (details in the post). Otherwise read to see how you can be involved wherever you are. And I also offer a free online Intro to Programming Class starting next week.

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So - you want to Teach your Kids Computer Programming?

So - you want to Teach your Kids Computer Programming? | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
Parents all know their kids need as many computer skills as possible. But they don';t always know where to start. This is particularly true when it comes to computer programming.
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I have just updated this page I wrote a while back - I walk parents through what languages and resources to use at which age / level of experience

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NorCol STEM Girls - Technology Page

NoCo STEM Girls Website - Technology Page
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Lots of programming resources

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5 Chances to Win an Online Programming Class for your Child -

5 Chances to Win an Online Programming Class for your Child - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
As a parent you may know your child needs to learn to code, but you may not know how to teach them. Now you can win an online programming class for them!
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This is the class I teach - I have run it 4 or 5 times now and students really enjoy it. We have decided to give away 5 classes. The next one starts on Monday 4th August

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Online Scratch Programming Class -

Online Scratch Programming Class - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
Online Scratch Programming class for 5th - 12th grade from October 7th 2013 for 10 weeks. Scratch is easy for students to learn and create games with.
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This is a class I am teaching. I am a trained computer programmer who now teaches middle and high schoolers how to program.

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Excellent Scratch Programming Book: Super Scratch Programming Adventure -

Excellent Scratch Programming Book: Super Scratch Programming Adventure - | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
This Scratch programming book will help children learn to program fun games really quickly. Within hours they will be proudly showing your their creations.
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An excellent book to teach Scratch from - or for s student to teach themselves.

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TechWell | A Six Year Old's First Foreign Language Starts with http://

TechWell | A Six Year Old's First Foreign Language Starts with http:// | Computer Education for kids | Scoop.it
Schools worldwide are experiencing the amazing benefits of teaching software development, coding skills, agile, and testing to children as young as six years old.
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Students who don't learn computer skills at a young age are going to start college and enter the job market disadvantaged

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