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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.

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Good reasons for adults and teachers to learn coding too

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Paul Herring's curator insight, May 24, 2014 5:44 PM

Some very perceptive and thought provoking points regarding the value of coding.

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Great article!

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Good reasons for students should learn to code.

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Collection of resources and ideas for teaching the digital technologies strand in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
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Bitsbox: a new way to introduce kids to computer programming

Bitsbox: a new way to introduce kids to computer programming | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
A code.org featured activity, Bitsbox provides monthly projects that teach gradeschoolers how to program apps. Try it now for free at Bitsbox.com.

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Most of my early learning about coding was by typing in code from magazines and varying that to suit my own purposes. I progressed from there to coding from scratch on my own but still resort to Googling for answers and coming with adaptations when coding new projects - http://dralb.albion.id.au/?p=4449 - learning from models (monkey see, monkey do) is how we learn from the earliest age.

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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, April 29, 2015 2:04 PM

Students are able to create their own apps. 

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Wiley: Coding For Kids For Dummies - Camille McCue

Wiley: Coding For Kids For Dummies - Camille McCue | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it

An easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids

Coding For Kids For Dummies breaks coding into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool. In this his hands-on, friendly guide readers will get access to a leading coding tool that has been designed specifically for kids, showing them how to create the projects provided in the book as well as how to implement them into their own creative work.

 

Written by a teacher and leading advocate of coding education, Coding For Kids For Dummies explains to kids in plain English how to apply the math and logic skills they already have to the subject of coding. In no time, they'll be grasping basic coding concepts, completing their very own technical feats, and arming themselves with the computer science experience and know-how to prepare for a future working with technology.


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This would be a useful addition to the library - personal and institutional.

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The Hopscotch app for iPad gets kids coding

The Hopscotch app for iPad gets kids coding | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
We've found the most fun, engaging way to get kids learning to code in the free Hopscotch app for iPad. You'll probably want to play with it yourself.
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May be simple enough for younger kids to have fun and learn some basic ideas about coding

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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.

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Good reasons for adults and teachers to learn coding too

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Paul Herring's curator insight, May 24, 2014 5:44 PM

Some very perceptive and thought provoking points regarding the value of coding.

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:04 AM

Great article!

Sheila Fredericks's curator insight, June 2, 2014 12:11 PM

Good reasons for students should learn to code.

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Strategies and resources to support the teaching of Computational Thinking

Strategies and resources to support the teaching of Computational Thinking | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
What is Computational Thinking? So, what is Computational Thinking and what does it entail? Let’s start with what it’s not! Computational Thinking is not programming, nor is it thinking like a...
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Useful distinction between computational thinking (an element of the digital technologies subject) and coding (also part of digital technologies). Computational thinking is one of 3 kinds of thinking in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies along with systems thinking and design thinking.

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Education Apps – Apps for Coding on Tablets | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Education Apps – Apps for Coding on Tablets | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
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Useful resources for ACTDIP011 and related descriptors in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies

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If the Year of Code has got it wrong, how should we teach kids to code?

If the Year of Code has got it wrong, how should we teach kids to code? | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Experts share their views on the Year of Code campaign and the best way to teach children to code.
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discussion of how best to teach kids coding/programming and related ideas

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Is coding the new literacy everyone should learn? Moving beyond ...

Code.org didn’t invent the idea of programming as a literacy. Neither did Khan Academy or Codecademy or any of the online educational venues currently focused on teaching programming. They’ve made a big splash, but the idea has been around for almost as long as computers have been. The reasons behind the argument have shifted throughout the history of the idea of programming-for-everyone: from general education to political liberation to technological freedom to intellectual development. And now, from the looks of Code.org’s promotional materials, it’s about individual success in the economic and employment marketplace.

 

Thinking about coding as a new literacy takes it out of political debate, but it also means we need to think about it beyond yes/no terms. Literacy is not simply decoding letters and words. That’s why many Americans struggle with generating effective written communication and interpreting written texts, although they might know their ABCs. And because the job of teaching and learning literacy is so difficult–yet so important–we try not to leave it up to just one discipline or one institution.


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longish piece about coding as literacy, food for thought for Digital Technologies subject

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Susan Einhorn's curator insight, December 13, 2013 9:34 AM

Why the idea of coding as literacy is so powerful now. Note the discussion on why understanding coding can help create not only a more employable workforce, but, and more importantly, more knowledgeable citizens.

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Teaching Toddlers to Code with Cody Coders Guide to HTML

Teaching Toddlers to Code with Cody Coders Guide to HTML | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it

"Three young digitally-savvy women at the Digital Data Strategist Program at Hyper Island Stockholm have written a book about HTML coding…for children. Are toddlers too young to learn how to build a website? These women don’t think so! Cody the Coder in My First Website takes a toddler through a magical world where he has to create his home (his website), and as you read through, one can’t be help become more familiar with the HTML code snippets necessary to build your first website."


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Here is another entry in the rush to encourage coding among young children. This one is avaiable and ready to try.

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, June 14, 2013 2:14 PM

Is this not adorable?  Using a child avatar to teach kiddos how to use HTML coding :)

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Lewis Walker's curator insight, January 24, 2014 10:04 AM

What do you think of theachinh toddlers to code.

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Computational Thinking and Thinking About Computing

Computational Thinking and Thinking About Computing: http://t.co/37dJu4n2WD Presentation by Jeanette Wing with a lot of good examples.
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Oldie (2008) but a goodie. This has some practical everyday examples of computational thinking backed up by deeper computer science ideas.

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Teaching computational thinking to primary pupils

For once Google, Microsoft and Will.i.am agree, teaching Computing is important and it is important that children learn to think computationally from an early a
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This has suggested resources and approaches for computational thinking in the primary classroom. The ideas should mostly be a fit for the Digital Technologies subject area.

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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code.

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I knew about several of these already but there are a few new (to me) ideas and some video and links to other resources that may be useful for teachers and kids at various levels.

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Kodable

Kodable | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Learn the basics of programming by helping blueFuzz and his family navigate the Technomazes on the planet Smeeborg!
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Kodable is an iPad curriculum for teaching introductory programming to kids.

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Not everyone needs to learn to code

Not everyone needs to learn to code | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
 Many are suggesting that everyone learn computer programming, and that coding be a core component of our educational system. Here's a more measured approach.

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It is the computational thinking that is important rather than its expression in any particular form such as a coding language. That, along with systems thinking, design thinking and program management, is at the heart of the new technologies curriculum. Let's hope that is not lost in the review simply because it is new and different.

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Paul Herring's curator insight, November 11, 2014 5:41 PM

While I don't fully agree with Patrick Gray here, I think he makes an important point - it is the Computational Thinking skills that need to be taught and developed. As he concludes:
"Critical thinking, logic, rapidly learning new tools and methods, problem solving, and task management should be embedded in and encouraged in every content area, rather than as the sole domain of coding and technology." 

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Help Kids Code: Explore Computer Science and Software Programming

Help Kids Code: Explore Computer Science and Software Programming | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Help Kids Code magazine helps kids, parents, teachers, and adults learn about software programming and computer science with as little fuss as possible.
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Interesting site with a breadth of resources linked and some additional possibilities to explore

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Code Hunt - A puzzle game to learn coding!

Code Hunt - A puzzle game to learn coding! | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Code Hunt is an educational, browser-based coding game targeting teachers and students from introductory to advanced programming or software engineering courses. At the core of the game experience is an automated grading engine based on symbolic execution. If you have never played Code Hunt before, we suggest you first visit the Instructions page or play the tutorial level to get a better understanding of the game platform and mechanics. Found a bug? Have a question? Want to provide feedback? Please contact our developers at codehunt@microsoft.com. Go to our Microsoft Research page to find a list of publications around Code Hunt. Code Hunt was developed by the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group at Microsoft Research.
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A game-based approach to coding will appeal to some young learners and make coding more fun

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Webcast: Computational Thinking: Just Enough Math

Webcast: Computational Thinking: Just Enough Math | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
The webcast introduces advanced math for business people — just enough to take advantage of open source frameworks — including graph theory, abstract algebra, optimization, bayesian statistics, and more advanced areas of linear algebra.
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Just enough is what most of us need

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Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids.
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Coding apps for kids arranged by age suitability

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Who Needs to Know How to Code - Wall Street Journal

As the ability to code, or use programming languages to build sites and apps, becomes more in demand, technical skills are no longer just for IT professionals. Children as young as 7 can take online classes in Scratch programming, while 20-somethings are filling up coding boot camps that promise to make them marketable in the tech sector. Businesses such as American Express Co. send senior executives to programs about data and computational design not so they can build websites, but so they can better manage the employees who do.

“I equate coding to reading and writing and basic literacy,” says Adam Enbar, founder of New York’s Flatiron School, which offers 12-week, $12,000 programs to turn novices into developers. “Not everyone needs to be Shakespeare, just as not everyone needs to be an amazing developer,” he says. “But…we’re entering a world where every job if not already, will be technical.”

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#edp4130 students wondering why we have them working in Scratch might find this interesting. The Australian Curriculum: Technologies includes knowledge of algorithms and coding for reasons of this kind.

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Computational thinking and spreadsheets - ICT in Education -

Computational thinking and spreadsheets - ICT in Education - | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
One way you can “get into” computational thinking is through spreadsheets. Tak...

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an option for exploration in the digital technologies stream, would benefit from some examples of the types of problems that might be solved

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Tablets in schools: coding, creativity and the importance of teachers

Tablets in schools: coding, creativity and the importance of teachers | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Using iPads in the classroom with a curriculum that integrates IT and traditional subjects is helping pupils learn at one UK school. By Stuart Dredge
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UK developments in school computing with examples for implementation, emphasis on value of authentic activity toward products that work for some purpose

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Linda Liukas' Programming book for Children has Huge First Day on Kickstarter

Linda Liukas' Programming book for Children has Huge First Day on Kickstarter | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it

The Hello Ruby book will be a 32 page hardcover that covers the traditional story of friendship, being different, and technology. Rather than an artsy how-to, the book will tell the story of Ruby, a small girl who visits castles and solves problems with wise penguins.

"We instinctively thick in narrative," says Liukas. "Instead of just giving kids iPad applications that react once, I think theres longer term value in this style."


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Still some way from being completed, published and available but this is indicative of new approaches to introducing coding to kids with an emphasis on having fun around the basic concepts.

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Game design to develop computational thinking | Nesta

Game design to develop computational thinking | Nesta | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Learners today have the amazing potential to produce their own digital content. But one challenge ahead is to counter a culture where users simply consume digital content rather than engage in the creative process to produce their own.
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Games can be motivating and provide a good entry point for computational thinking. They also offer scope for artistic and other elements of design.

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Sorting Algorithms

Sorting Algorithms | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Digital Schoolhouse @ Langley Grammar School.
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useful set of resources for coding with examples using Scratch

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Should Coding be the "New Foreign Language" Requirement?

Should Coding be the "New Foreign Language" Requirement? | Digital technologies resources | Scoop.it
Over the decades, students have been required to take a foreign language in high school for reasons that relate to expanding communication abilities, furthering global awareness, and enhancing perspe
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Coding is certainly a foreign language for most people. I think it is worth including in the curriculum and it may help with developing appreciation fro precision in language but I don't think it should be a substitute for another human language.

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