President Barack Obama told the world that everyone should learn how to code. And now he’s putting his money where his mouth is.
Earlier today, to help kick-off the annual Computer Science Education Week, Obama became the first president ever to write a computer program. It was a very simple program—all it does is draw a square on a screen—but that’s the point, says Hadi Partovi, co-founder Code.org, an organization that promotes computer science education. “All programming starts simple,” he says. “No one starts by creating a complicated game.”
Last year, Obama delivered a YouTube speech to promote Computer Science Education Week, but didn’t write any code himself. “Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future. It’s important for our country’s future,” the president said in the video. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.”
Obama was echoing the sentiment of the growing code literacy movement, which seeks to expand computer science and programming education throughout the world. Code literacy advocates argue that with information technology embedding itself ever deeper into our lives, everyone should learn a bit more about how computers operate. A whole industry has sprung-up around the idea, with companies offering everything from children’s games that teach the fundamentals of programming to intensive three month full-time “bootcamps” dedicated to teaching people how to code well enough to land a job.
The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come.
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New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.”
Setting aside how serious that gap really is — every fifth-grader I see, no matter what neighborhood they live in, has a smartphone — is this really the divide we should be worried about?
One of the most frequently passed around articles in the mommy blogosphere these days reveals Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad. Writing in The New York Times earlier this fall, reporter Nick Bilton recalled asking Jobs when the device first came out: “So, your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Jobs’ reply left the reporter in “dumbfounded silence.”
Bilton, who went on to interview other tech gurus and received similar answers, should not have been surprised at all. It’s not merely people in Silicon Valley, who as former editor of Wired magazine put it, have “seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” It’s every middle- and upper-class parent walking around with an iPhone.
We are all well aware of the effects of too much screen time on our own ability to concentrate and our social interactions. And we don’t want that for our kids.
A few years ago a friend who was a new parent told me that he never bought his kids anything that required a battery. He told the children’s grandparents to do the same thing. Having your kid press a button over and over again was not his idea of educational play.
Go into any upscale toy store, and you’ll find it littered with wooden blocks, Melissa & Doug pretend food and some simple costumes. The toys intended to teach science or math are not LeapPads, but microscopes and abacuses.
Labor will introduce a private members bill aimed at legalising gay marriage, in a move designed to pressure Prime Minister Tony Abbott into deciding on whether Government MPs will be allowed a conscience vote.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action.
An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia's small pelagic fishery.
In a report on the controversial plan, the federal government-appointed panel found a host of protected native seals and seabirds would be at risk of losing their food to the fishing, even if special precautions were taken.
"The panel's assessment has confirmed that there are considerable uncertainties relating to the extent of those impacts, and the level of impact that would create adverse environmental outcomes," the report released on Tuesday said.
The panel was asked to examine the fishery for jack mackerel and redbait by the previous Labor government after it banned the Dutch-owned super trawler Margiris when it came to Australia to fish an 18,000-tonne quota in 2012.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said earlier this year that the supertrawler would remain banned, but the small pelagic quota holder Seafish Tasmania has entered the fishery for assessment of its sustainability by the independent Marine Stewardship Council.
The expert panel, chaired by fisheries management consultant Mary Lack, was asked to report to the Environment Minister, now Greg Hunt, on the proposal's effects on protected species, and whether it would cause localised depletion of the target fish.
The report found it was inevitable that the fishing would directly affect protected species of seals, dolphins and seabirds.
"Some interactions will result in mortalities regardless of the adoption of the best available mitigation and management measures; however, there remains uncertainty about the extent of those interactions," the report said.
Among species at greatest risk from localised depletion of their prey were fur seals, gannets, short-tailed shearwaters, little penguins and shy albatross.
But it concluded the localised depletion of small pelagic target fish was unlikely to affect the overall stocks of the fish.
The Greens' spokesman on fisheries, Peter Whish-Wilson, said the report vindicated opponents of the ship, including conservation groups and recreational fishers.
"The Greens have long argued that the science on the wider impacts were too uncertain for the minister to make a call on allowing this gigantic floating factory into our waters," Senator Whish-Wilson said .
"We are still a long way away from a point where we could be confident that industrial-scale fishing from a supertrawler wouldn't have these impacts."
The Commonwealth Fisheries Association was contacted for comment.
It has defended the use of large vessels, saying size and dimensions should not be a driving factor when it comes to fisheries management decisions.
A spokesman for Mr Hunt said the government was considering its response to the expert panel report, as it worked to develop a permanent solution.
A two-year ban on a supertrawler hauling its nets lapsed earlier this month, but a further ban on a supertrawler acting as a mother ship, receiving and processing fish, is in place until next April.
Andrew DarbyHobart correspondent for Fairfax Media
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