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Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report

Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report | digital divide information | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"It’s a grounding in computational thinking — not a facility with the latest feature or product — that fosters future success in the field, whether students go on to become engineers or inventors or entrepreneurs.

That’s a powerful rationale for teaching computational thinking to our young people. But there’s a problem. In conventional computer science instruction, these principles are only accessible to those who learn how to program. This poses a big hurdle, especially for younger students. Enter Computer Science Unplugged, which has been developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand over the past two decades.

 

"Professors Tim Bell, Mike Fellows and Ian H. Witten, have figured out how to teach the concepts of computer science through games, puzzles and magic tricks. Taking the computer out of the picture — for the time being — allows children as young as five to learn about the basic ideas that undergird computer science. Youngsters can tackle topics as apparently abstruse as algorithms, binary numbers, Boolean circuits, and cryptographic protocols. The activities offered by Computer Science Unplugged are aimed at students in kindergarten through seventh grade, though they have been used by students in high school and even college."



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Courses in Manhood for African-American Boys

Courses in Manhood for African-American Boys | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A California school district created a department specifically focused on reversing the underachievement and lack of opportunity for the country’s most vulnerable students.
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The Internet of Things is already here—just not the way you expected

The Internet of Things is already here—just not the way you expected | digital divide information | Scoop.it

The potential retail profit from connected devices—currently priced at a premium because it’s the hot new thing—is nice, but the real payday comes in the form of data.

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Why many low-income families have Internet access, but remain 'under-connected'

Why many low-income families have Internet access, but remain 'under-connected' | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A new report released on Wednesday finds that while 94 percent of low and moderate income families have some type of Internet access, which they use for tasks from doing homework to paying bills, cost is still an issue despite some efforts by Internet providers to introduce affordable alternatives.
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Meet Raymond Rose

Meet Raymond Rose | digital divide information | Scoop.it

CIRCL perspectives offer a window into the many different worlds of various stakeholders in the cyberlearning community–what drives their work, what they need to be successful, and what they think the community should be doing.

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There are many digital equity stars. You need to meet this one if you have not heard of him.

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8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa

8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Expansion of population and investment on the continent represent both enormous opportunity and potential for crises and injustice.
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The Generation Google Scholarship (hs & college students)

The Generation Google Scholarship (hs & college students) | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2016-2017 school year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university in 2016-2017 will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2016. Current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2016.

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The unacceptable condition of Detroit’s schools

The unacceptable condition of Detroit’s schools | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has a plan to try to fix the district’s crippling debt and crumbling infrastructure.
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Google Is Giving Its Fiber Internet Away Free to Public Housing Residents

Google Is Giving Its Fiber Internet Away Free to Public Housing Residents | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The second Obama-Alphabet tie-up in as many months.

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Digital Equity for Learning

Digital Equity for Learning | digital divide information | Scoop.it
How do families make decisions about connectivity and respond to digital equity challenges? We decided to find out.
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Here’s what students at Harvard and MIT are required to read

Here’s what students at Harvard and MIT are required to read | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The Open Syllabus Project looked at what colleges assign as required reading. Here’s the top books from five Massachusetts universities.
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TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL

TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL | digital divide information | Scoop.it

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This website lets users shorten their URLs so they’re easier to share on social media — or easier to type. TinyURL, from the vast number of similar sites, is least likely to be blocked by Internet filters.

Just go to tinyurl.com and enter the long URL you want to share, and TinyURL will make it short enough for students/learners to type. You can even customize it. 

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Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’

Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’ | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Political computational thinking: policy networks, digital governance and ‘learning to code’. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/19460171.2015.1052003

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Paul Herring's curator insight, February 1, 9:44 PM

An interesting research paper from the UK:
"In conclusion, learning to code acts as a kind of inculcation into new ways of interacting with an increasingly computationally dynamic world, as channeled through the systems of thought and cultures associated with programmers." 

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What It Means That The High School Diploma Is Now A Moving Target

What It Means That The High School Diploma Is Now A Moving Target | digital divide information | Scoop.it
At least six states are switching the rules so students can get diplomas retroactively.
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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher | digital divide information | Scoop.it
To become a coding teacher, prepare to teach the basics by curating your curriculum, preparing yourself and your classroom, and finding support as needed.
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Courses in Manhood for African-American Boys

Courses in Manhood for African-American Boys | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A California school district created a department specifically focused on reversing the underachievement and lack of opportunity for the country’s most vulnerable students.
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Modeling and Simulation | Concord Consortium

Modeling and Simulation | Concord Consortium | digital divide information | Scoop.it
How can you help students see the invisible? We've been doing it for over twenty years with educational models and simulations.
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Many free resources and information at Concord.org

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Digital Learning Day Live! - Free registration - Feb. 17, 2016

Digital Learning Day Live! - Free registration - Feb. 17, 2016 | digital divide information | Scoop.it

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Breaking the Code: Unleashing the Talents of Our Girls and Students of Color (EdSurge News)

Breaking the Code: Unleashing the Talents of Our Girls and Students of Color (EdSurge News) | digital divide information | Scoop.it
My five-year-old girl entered kindergarten this past fall, bringing me one of life’s greatest experiences: watching her explore her curiosities and creativity as she desires and develops skills that will last her a lifetime. Her energy and joy for learning is inspiring. Each morning before school

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Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab joins White House “Computer Science for All” initiative and announces collaboration with Virginia Tech | Qualcomm

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab joins White House “Computer Science for All” initiative and announces collaboration with Virginia Tech | Qualcomm | digital divide information | Scoop.it
As a company that employs thousands of engineers and computer scientists, we’re thrilled to be part of this important White House initiative.
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Creating Opportunity for All

Creating Opportunity for All | digital divide information | Scoop.it
 CS is a “new basic” skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility. By some estimates, just one quarter of all the K-12 schools in the United States offer CS with programming and coding, and only 28 states allow CS courses to count towards high-school graduation, even as other advanced economies are making CS available…
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The Kids Aren't Alright - West Va Focus Make a Difference

The Kids Aren't Alright - West Va Focus Make a Difference | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Kids across the state are struggling. Has Morgan County's school system found a solution?
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A good example of how to make change in a system.

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How do states support their public schools? Badly, a new 50-state report card shows.

How do states support their public schools? Badly, a new 50-state report card shows. | digital divide information | Scoop.it
No state gets better than an overall C on six different criteria by a public education advocacy group.
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High School Bookshare Member Prepares for Transition to College

High School Bookshare Member Prepares for Transition to College | digital divide information | Scoop.it
“It is no longer difficult to find accessible books, and I will use Bookshare for a lifetime,” says Emeline Lakrout. “Just a few years ago, it was difficult to find accessible books,” says Em…

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February is low vision awareness month and Bookshare is an online accessible library resource.

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Sugata Mitra: schools should scrap the 3Rs

Sugata Mitra: schools should scrap the 3Rs | digital divide information | Scoop.it

“Reading, writing and arithmetic should be deemphasised and replaced with comprehending, communicating and computing. That’s the world we live in today,” Prof Mitra said at the education technology conference Bett in east London today.


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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, January 22, 3:40 AM

It's worth remembering what we use language for, and it's great to shake up assumptions

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, January 27, 9:51 AM

Would like to listen to him in live again.

Jesus Sandoval's curator insight, Today, 5:26 AM

For many reasons I agree with what Sugata Mitra says about replacing certain education topics such as reading, writing and arithmetic with other beneficial ones such as comprehending, communicating and computing. In today’s modernized society skills such as communication and understanding technology off the palm of one’s hand is very beneficial when looking for a well paid job. Once a student enters high school these skills (communicating and computing) should be strengthened. It will only benefit the students down the road. What is the point of teaching students how to write with correct punctuation and proper grammar when they can simply turn on  grammar check when typing on a computer? The point is that machines and devices have been developed to do one’s thinking for them. The best option is to teach students how to work with these devices and machines (computing) and not much writing and reading anymore. The world is developing way too quickly to be focused on perfecting one’s writing and reading skills.