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Adding Coding to the Curriculum

Adding Coding to the Curriculum | Primary School Education | Scoop.it
Around the world, students from elementary school to the Ph.D. level are increasingly getting acquainted with the basics of computer coding.

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Designer turns city fixtures into instant playgrounds

Designer turns city fixtures into instant playgrounds | Primary School Education | Scoop.it

Dutch designer Thor ter Kulve creates tweaks for everyday city fixtures, temporarily imbuing them with childlike zest.


A boring light pole becomes a swing, for instance, and a fire hydrant becomes a fountain.

The fact that his inventions are temporary — “They are set up for a few hours and then removed without damaging the structure it was attached to,” PSFK says — doesn’t lessen their ability to charm or make the observer see the city in a new way.

 

From the designer:

Thanks to [these designs], dull and derelict places become hangouts of choice…It’s my strong belief that in a time of economic hardship and individual isolation, we should address ourselves to public space as a collectively owned domain and possible ways to use it to our joint benefit.


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Cleaning up Nigeria’s toxic playgrounds

Cleaning up Nigeria’s toxic playgrounds | Primary School Education | Scoop.it
In a remote region of northern Nigeria the signs of a lead poisoning crisis caused by gold mining are still visible especially among children, reports Tomi Oladipo.

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Computational Thinking in Primary Schools

Computational Thinking in Primary Schools | Primary School Education | Scoop.it

Music, poetry and art aren’t on the curriculum to train future musicians, poets and artists; they are there because all should have an entitlement to a liberal education which includes these elements. The same applies to programming: we teach it because it’s interesting and important, not just because it’s useful. The real interest, importance and utility though lies with computational thinking, which seems much more important than learning to code. That said, learning to code may well be the best way start thinking computationally.


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Paul Herring's curator insight, March 25, 2014 7:34 PM
Some good thoughts here: ‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’. ... For me, computational thinking is about looking at problems or systems in a way that considers how computers could be used to help solve or model these."
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African MOOCs: unlocking a billion more brains

African MOOCs: unlocking a billion more brains | Primary School Education | Scoop.it

The bottom line is that the simple idea of making and making use of relevant courses, made free (or cheap) and accessible to millions of young Africans, is as good an example as any of Africa leapfrogging a Western Higher Education system that has proved slow, cumbersome and far too expensive.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 15, 2013 3:06 AM

This is a good article from a strong MOOC advocate on the likely impact of MOOCs in Africa.

Anne Sturgess's curator insight, June 15, 2013 10:32 PM

While I want accessible quality education for everyone, I have doubts about the long-term effectiveness of online only approaches for in-depth learning. Willing to be proved wrong.

Gilles Le Page's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:04 AM

Penser à des MOOCs africains c'est échapper au modèle occidental dominant de l'enseignement supérieur

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South Africa: Wi-Fi for Cape Town townships | News24

South Africa: Wi-Fi for Cape Town townships | News24 | Primary School Education | Scoop.it

The City of Cape Town is currently conducting a feasibility study to make Wi-Fi internet available in Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain.

According to Zak Mbhele, spokesperson for premier Helen Zille, the wireless mesh network is planned to be established by the end of 2014.

"Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain have been identified as 'gap areas' when it comes to internet access and broadband penetration.

"The Western Cape Government wants to narrow the 'digital divide' so that people in poor communities also have equitable access to the opportunities that come from being connected to modern information systems."

Mbhele said because no wireless mesh model of this scale exists in South Africa, it was felt that a pilot project was first needed before considering further rollout into other communities. 

 

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womo.co.za's comment, August 28, 2013 12:25 PM
great article
womo.co.za's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:28 PM

very interesting to see the progression of the internet into South Africa. does anybody have detailed knowledge of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)?