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​Apple's Swift Playgrounds app will lure your kid into coding - CNET

​Apple's Swift Playgrounds app will lure your kid into coding - CNET | Programming | Scoop.it

""This is cool." With those three words from my 11-year-old son, I knew Apple had a hit on its hands with Swift Playgrounds, its iPad app for learning the company's Swift programming language. We didn't exactly have to pry him away, but he had reached that just-one-more-level-before-dinner type of self-motivation that warms an educator's heart. The app is free. So when Apple releases Swift Playgrounds on Tuesday in the App Store, I recommend giving it a try. It's geared for middle school kids, but adults can learn too -- it sucked me in. You'll need Apple's new iOS 10 software, also arriving Tuesday. And just so you know, some older iPads like the first-generation iPad Mini can't run it."


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12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free

12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Programming has helped me to become a much better entrepreneur, and you can learn this skill without spending a dime.”
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3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding

3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding | Programming | Scoop.it
“ t’s official: coding is all the rage today. We are living in a world where apps dominate every aspect of our lives and are disrupting the way we do things. And creating these apps require—you guessed it—coding know-how. With the rising prominence of ‘superstar’ programmers such as Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, coding has captured the attention and imagination of many youth, who are beginning to recognise its value. According to this Microsoft study, a resounding majority of students in Asia Pacific want to see coding as a core subject in school, believing it is instrumental to helping them acquire essential 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the fast-changing world of tomorrow. While some may argue that being a programmer is not for everyone, we can all agree that coding has some life lessons that we can benefit from, especially children and young people. Here are three reasons why you should get started coding”
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Adam Welcome: Code With Kids and See What Happens #hourofcode #edtech #edchat #caedchat

Adam Welcome: Code With Kids and See What Happens #hourofcode #edtech #edchat #caedchat | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Just a few weeks ago Adam was talking with some Principals and one commented - “I’m surprised people are still talking about coding. Do you think it’s here to stay? Most of the kids at my school won’t be programmers or work for a tech company.” “Gasp!” from Adam”
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What Teaching Kids To Code Taught Me About Learning. | Lamp Post Group | Medium

What Teaching Kids To Code Taught Me About Learning. | Lamp Post Group | Medium | Programming | Scoop.it

On Monday, I taught my first kids’ coding class for Lamp Post Group. I had the privilege of talking to Girl Scouts Troop 40917 about programming and Scratch. For an hour and a half, I got to experience the curiosity and excitement these young ladies live their life with. What I realized as I was teaching is that those qualities are the most essential in learning to code- or anything for that matter.

Kids are rambunctious and can have short attention spans. If they get bored, it can be a real struggle to catch their interest again. They can be a challenge to teach, at times. BUT, if you pay attention, you start to understand how their curious little brains work. You learn to appreciate how expansive their capacity to learn is.

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10 Reasons to Teach Coding - Edutech for Teachers

10 Reasons to Teach Coding - Edutech for Teachers | Programming | Scoop.it
“ So, why just use technology, when you can build it, right? But first—students need the programming know-how… And that begins with you! Whether you choose to embrace the concept or not, it’s becoming more and more important to equip students with coding skills. Having this knowledge not only strengthens general skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but it will become invaluable in their future as a wide range of industries are eager to hire individuals with programming abilities. Furthermore, this field that is projected to have 1,000,000 more jobs than there are qualified people to fill them by the year 2020! Seriously! That said—here’s a cool inforgraphic denoting 10 reasons to teach students how to code.”
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Lesson Plans | All you need is code

Lesson Plans | All you need is code | Programming | Scoop.it

An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today's world. The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial for student's success in a hyper-connected world. In the classroom, coding is linked to improved problem solving and analytical reasoning.

These lesson plans were created to help secondary education teachers introduce coding to students. They will make pupils understand coding concepts in a fun way and offer teachers many ideas and resources. They are relevant to teachers from all subjects and all levels of experience, as they feature teaching-learning activities that will make your students interested and motivated to learn how to code.

The lesson plans were prepared in the context of the Hour of Code in 2014. Teachers were asked to prepare a lesson plan for their own hour of code lesson or a series of lessons addressing coding related areas and make use of the tools and resources introduced on the course.

The lesson plans were created as part of the online course ‘How to Teach Computing: An Introduction to Concepts, Tools and Resources for Secondary Teachers' delivered by European Schoolnet Academy, funding for which was provided by the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.


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An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today's world. The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial for student's success in a hyper-connected world. In the classroom, coding is linked to improved problem solving and analytical reasoning.


These lesson plans were created to help secondary education teachers introduce coding to students. They will make pupils understand coding concepts in a fun way and offer teachers many ideas and resources. They are relevant to teachers from all subjects and all levels of experience, as they feature teaching-learning activities that will make your students interested and motivated to learn how to code.


The lesson plans were prepared in the context of the Hour of Code in 2014. Teachers were asked to prepare a lesson plan for their own hour of code lesson or a series of lessons addressing coding related areas and make use of the tools and resources introduced on the course.


The lesson plans were created as part of the online course ‘How to Teach Computing: An Introduction to Concepts, Tools and Resources for Secondary Teachers' delivered by European Schoolnet Academy, funding for which was provided by the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.


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

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) | eLeaderShip | Coding | Programming | Scoop.it
“Guest blogger Vicki Davis, a computer science teacher and IT integrator, celebrates Computer Science Education Week with an extensive list of year-round resources for teaching students how to code.”Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding
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Vivalist's curator insight, December 7, 2014 4:02 PM

yet another list of great tools to teach computer programming to kids. Good resources there.

 

I tried some of the hour of code exercises with my 6years old and it's great... she gets it right away and the benefits are instantaenous. She felt "empowered" and pride of her achievment. Very well designed so kids are never overwhelmed by info and instructions.

Marta Ciesielska's curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:11 AM

Maybe not exactly about design abilities, but interesting thing about eLearning how to code.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 8, 2014 9:11 AM

I hope you are celebrating this week with students you know - young or old.  If you are a business, I hope you find a way to connect with a local school to encourage them to participate in this endeavor.

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Coding in the Classroom: Here to Stay - Getting Smart

Coding in the Classroom: Here to Stay - Getting Smart | Programming | Scoop.it
“ The value of computer programming has been rising exponentially for decades. To the point where now coding has gained traction in mainstream media. TV shows like CBS’s The Big Bang Theory or HBO’s Silicon Valley are good indicators of computer science careers are taking center stage. The domino effect created by the demand for amazing technology is likewise leading to a demand for skilled workers to engineer and program. Whether training comes through a high school certificate program, or a degree in computer science, the need for project-ready coders is only increasing. The bottom-line: All schools at all levels are kicking coding into overdrive.”
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 28, 2014 10:04 AM

Even if you don't program, understanding how it works can definitely get you ahead of the game.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 21, 2015 8:36 AM
he value of computer programming has been rising exponentially for decades. To the point where now coding has gained traction in mainstream media. TV shows like CBS’s The Big Bang Theory or HBO’s Silicon Valley are good indicators of computer science careers are taking center stage. The domino effect created by the demand for amazing technology is likewise leading to a demand for skilled workers to engineer and program.


Whether training comes through a high school certificate program, or a degree in computer science, the need for project-ready coders is only increasing. The bottom-line: All schools at all levels are kicking coding into overdrive.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding

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Using Kodable to Teach Programming - EdTech You Should Know

Using Kodable to Teach Programming - EdTech You Should Know | Programming | Scoop.it
“ This episode of ETYSK features the app Kodable, which aims to teach primary grade students how to code by means of an incredibly appealing game. Gretchen, one of the apps founders, explains what Kodable is, how teachers are using it in the classroom, why they target the age of kids that they do, and more. Here is a basic description of Kodable as it is listed on their website: “Kodable starts your child’s programming education off right. They learn lessons on sequence, conditions, and loops by dragging and dropping commands to program their fuzzy character. You can also learn with your child by using the Smeeborg Learning Guide, which explains each of the concepts taught in the first 45 levels of Kodable.” Kodable is also great to teach programming because they have many resources already available for teachers – and the app allows for progress saving across any iPad – so it is perfect for those classrooms that have computer carts. Here is what is offered to teachers:”
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Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com

Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Doctor Who’s latest adventure sees him teaming up with a Dalek and trying to save the universe, but also teaching children some early computer programming skills. This isn’t a TV show, however: it’s a game due to launch on Wednesday 22 October on the broadcaster’s CBBC website. The Doctor and the Dalek includes voice narration from current Doctor Peter Capaldi, and a new story by Phil Ford, who has written for the TV show.”
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Blockly Games | Learn Coding On An Easy Way

Blockly Games | Learn Coding On An Easy Way | Programming | Scoop.it
“Games for tomorrow's programmers.”Try it out, it's used inside this GAME:- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages

Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages | Programming | Scoop.it
“Children aged just five to seven will be required to create and debug simple computer programs in the first two years of school, as part of lessons designed to stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries.”Learn more:- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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8 Must-Try Coding Websites & Apps for Students - Class Tech Tips

8 Must-Try Coding Websites & Apps for Students - Class Tech Tips | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Coding websites and apps place valuable resources in the hands of students. With mobile and web-browser based tools, students of all ages can explore computer science. As you think about your goals for the school year, how can you incorporate coding into your instruction? Maybe you’ve decided to carve out a part of the school day or school week for coding. Perhaps you’re starting an after school program. If you are ready to bring coding into your classroom these coding websites and apps are worth checking out. On this list you’ll find a wide range of tools. Some are perfect for younger students and others will work best in classrooms where teachers have lots of experience with computer science.”
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Help your students get started with coding with one of these websites or apps. 
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Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code

Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code | Programming | Scoop.it
“ At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.”
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Free Technology for Teachers: Hopscotch - Learn Coding Basics on Your iPad or iPhone

Free Technology for Teachers: Hopscotch - Learn Coding Basics on Your iPad or iPhone | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Hopscotch is a free iOS app that introduces students to programming logic. The app originally launched as an iPad-only app. Last week the developers released an iPhone-friendly version of the free app. In Hopscotch students put command boxes into order to make cartoon avatars move and draw lines. Students can program one or all of the cartoon avatars to move and follow commands based on touch or on the movement of their iPads.”
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Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Programming | Scoop.it
Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code Infographic: find out toys, games, and other ways to help children learn how to code in a way that’s fun.
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Coding vs. Programming -- Battle of the Terms!

Coding vs. Programming -- Battle of the Terms! | Programming | Scoop.it
“ With the recent rise in computer science classes across all grades, we're starting to grow our personal vocabularies in ways that make the average person uncomfortable. To complicate matters, many of these "new" words seem to have such intimidating histories that we don't take the time to properly understand their usage -- instead we repeat them blindly, whether we know what they really mean or not. One such example of complex wordsmithing is the synonymous use of the terms "coding" and "programming".”
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Do Your Kids Need to Learn to Code? YES! But Not for the Reasons You Think

Do Your Kids Need to Learn to Code? YES! But Not for the Reasons You Think | Programming | Scoop.it
By Grant Hosford - So, exactly why do kids need to learn to code? Grant Hosford, CEO at codeSpark, shares his personal and profession stories of why.
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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION | Programming | Scoop.it
“ There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism. There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in many fields.”
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11 coding resources for the Hour of Code | eSchool News | eSchool News

11 coding resources for the Hour of Code | eSchool News | eSchool News | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Computer science skills are becoming more and more important to success in today’s economy, and this importance is highlighted during the annual Hour of Code. A number of resources on Code.org and other sites can help students of all ages and skill levels develop coding skills.”
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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, November 29, 2014 2:15 PM

Check this out if you need coding resources.

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Coding In The Classroom: How Teachers Are Learning To Code - Getting Smart

Coding In The Classroom: How Teachers Are Learning To Code - Getting Smart | Programming | Scoop.it
“ Like a slow moving barge, the discussions around teaching students to code have remained afloat, drifting slowly towards a far away destination for many years. Although there is still progress to be made to achieve the goals of code fluency, current activities indicate that significant change is happening and thankfully, on a global scale.”
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How can teachers get to grips with computer programming, and where do we start? | Coding

How can teachers get to grips with computer programming, and where do we start? | Coding | Programming | Scoop.it
“Many teachers have been utterly dismayed by the seemingly impossible demands of the new Programmes...”Learn more:- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:52 AM

We utilize all sorts of different avenues to teach students how to code; especially when we first see the students in 6th grade. We don't know where or what they have started within the "code" world. Checkout our resources here: http://draggo.com/cluster/pZehrqqrnQ== 

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Blockly — Google Developers | Coding

Blockly — Google Developers | Coding | Programming | Scoop.it
“Web-based visual programming editor.”Try it out, it's used inside this GAME:- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum

Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum | Programming | Scoop.it
“From the start of the new term, children as young as five will be learning programming skills in the classroom. By Stuart Dredge”Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/
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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 4, 2014 3:55 PM
From the start of the new term, children as young as five will be learning programming skills in the classroom. By Stuart Dredge


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