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Lady Paragons

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We believe that women and girls can and do excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are building a community to tell the stories of women in STEM, showcase Women’s STEM organizations, and provide a platform where ladies can help ladies succeed in STEM careers. 
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Want To Get Girls And Minorities Into Coding? Stop Making Computer Science ... - Co.Exist

Want To Get Girls And Minorities Into Coding? Stop Making Computer Science ... - Co.Exist | digital technologies | Scoop.it
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The issue, which has become the focus of national advocacy efforts, is about more than just about graduation requirements.
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Defense.gov News Article: DARPA Takes Robots to Disaster Mitigation Trials

Defense.gov News Article: DARPA Takes Robots to Disaster Mitigation Trials | digital technologies | Scoop.it
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Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots | digital technologies | Scoop.it
This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they're actually human.
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Will teaching kids to code boost math SAT scores? - Boston.com

Will teaching kids to code boost math SAT scores? - Boston.com | digital technologies | Scoop.it
Code.org has launched a huge publicity effort this week to encourage kids to try computer coding, pointing to research that may link these skills with improved math performance.
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Teaching school students to code brings along an increase in math test scores - but not automatically. "If taught the appropriate computer language with a teacher well-versed in the curriculum, students should be able to use a neurological process called transfer to quickly pick up novel math concepts that overlap with what they learned in programming". 

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Tech Girls Are Superheroes

Support latest Tech Girls movement & get more girls inspired by technology. Building on the success of techgirlsarechic.org.
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It is well-known that women are significantly underrepresented in IT, science and engineering despite strong evidence that diverse teams make better decisions which in turn means better technology for all of us. 

 

Support latest Tech Girls movement & get more girls inspired by technology!

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Architect Bradley Rothenberg Does 3D-Printed Fashion At The Annual Victoria’s Secret Show | TechCrunch

Architect Bradley Rothenberg Does 3D-Printed Fashion At The Annual Victoria’s Secret Show | TechCrunch | digital technologies | Scoop.it
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is about so much more than lingerie. Over the years the annual event, which took place in Manhattan in mid-November and.. (Maths, Engineering & ICT embedded into annual Victoria's Secret Runway Show.
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Get with the program: engaging students in computing | TheGuardian.com

Get with the program: engaging students in computing | TheGuardian.com | digital technologies | Scoop.it

Next September, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will be replaced by a flexible curriculum in computing, designed with the help of universities and industry. But will teachers – particularly those working in primary schools – have the necessary skills and expertise to deliver the new subject? What role should industry play in the implementation of the new curriculum? And how can we ensure young people have the right skills for the jobs of the future?

 

These were some of the questions raised at a recent debate hosted by the Guardian, in association with Microsoft, ahead of the introduction of the new computing curriculum in schools.

 

In the opening part of the discussion, participants were asked to explain why having computing on the curriculum is important. "The old ICT curriculum was about digital use," said Ian Livingstone, cofounder of Games Workshop. "In terms of the games industry, it's like someone being able to play the video game Angry Birds, but having no idea how to make Angry Birds. So the old ICT [curriculum] was, effectively, teaching kids how to read, but not how to write."

 

Paul Curzon – professor of computer science at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London – agreed, adding: "It's like a toddler being able to jump and land. He can do it without knowing any physics. But actually understanding why when you jump, you land – that's learning the physics. And computing is the equivalent."

 

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Google and Apple alums invent adorable robots that teach kids to code (Wired UK)

Google and Apple alums invent adorable robots that teach kids to code (Wired UK) | digital technologies | Scoop.it
It’s common knowledge: if you want to learn a language -- really learn a language -- it’s best to start young.
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Asking the right question is always the best first step to creating something great: you ask, "How do you turn programming into something that kids want to do?"  - and then you get "Play-i", a little robot teaching kids programming concepts. 

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Funding announced to help teachers prepare for new computing curriculum

Funding announced to help teachers prepare for new computing curriculum | digital technologies | Scoop.it
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced £1.1 million of funding for the British Computer Society (BCS) to help teachers prepare for the new computing curriculum, which will be taught in schools from September 2014.
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Sonic Pi – a free music and computing resource for teachers, and for the rest of us | Raspberry Pi

Sonic Pi – a free music and computing resource for teachers, and for the rest of us | Raspberry Pi | digital technologies | Scoop.it
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Teaching computational thinking through... creating music! Check out Sonic Pi, classroom-ready Raspberri Pi-based resource of CS teachers. 

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Five-year-olds to learn programming and algorithms in major computing curriculum shake-up

Five-year-olds to learn programming and algorithms in major computing curriculum shake-up | digital technologies | Scoop.it
Re-written curriculum takes a stronger stance on teaching programming, shuns more traditional ICT syllabus

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BBC to teach the nation digital skills including coding and app design

BBC to teach the nation digital skills including coding and app design | digital technologies | Scoop.it
National broadcaster harks back to its past as it looks to invest in the future of British talent

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BBC roll in future of IT education in uk

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15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code | digital technologies | Scoop.it
In Code.org's estimation, Hour of Code has reached twice as many U.S. students as have ever taken a computer science class.
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15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code | digital technologies | Scoop.it
In Code.org's estimation, Hour of Code has reached twice as many U.S. students as have ever taken a computer science class.
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Team uses video games to spark kids' interest in coding

Team uses video games to spark kids' interest in coding | digital technologies | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —In grade school classrooms across the country, students have been hard at work this semester trying to figure out how to smash a virtual frog with a virtual truck.
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Santa trackers, apps help you keep tabs on old Kris Kringle

Santa trackers, apps help you keep tabs on old Kris Kringle | digital technologies | Scoop.it
It’s Dec. 6 — do you know where Santa Claus is? More importantly, do your kids know? With all the Santa-tracking websites out there, it’s a wonder there are any surprises left on Christmas morning.
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NASA Has A Robot, Which Might Die On Mars So We Don't Have To

Meet Valkyrie. It's a robot designed for NASA as part of a competition by the organisation's Johnson Space Center. Don't get too attached; he's designed to go to very faraway places we really shouldn't be going.
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My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids!

My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids! | digital technologies | Scoop.it
December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week, and this year their big push is to get coding incorporated into school curriculums everywhere. There are lots of reasons why kids should be c...

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A great list of iPad apps to teach kids to code!

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Coding for technophobes: how to teach the new computing curriculum

Coding for technophobes: how to teach the new computing curriculum | digital technologies | Scoop.it
Does teaching code and algorithms wake you up in a cold sweat? Sarah Byrne shares her advice for confidence teaching in the computing classroom
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Coding Kids

Coding Kids | digital technologies | Scoop.it
The latest language-learning trend has nothing to do with words.
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 “The goal isn’t necessarily for everyone to become a computer-science engineer, just as when you teach people how to write English, the goal isn’t for everybody to become an author,” says Wenger. “The point is that it’s a very important way of analyzing the world, thinking about the world, interacting with the world, and manipulating the world. It is a fundamental enabling skill that is applicable across the widest imaginable set of domains.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: Five reasons to teach kids to code

INFOGRAPHIC: Five reasons to teach kids to code | digital technologies | Scoop.it
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Teaching kids computer programming from a young age can help learning development and better prepare them for a world that is becoming increasingly connected.

 
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Explain/Teach Nearly Anything with this Hands-on Game

Explain/Teach Nearly Anything with this Hands-on Game | digital technologies | Scoop.it
cloudBoard is a new project on Kickstarter that intrigues me as it uses a physical board with puzzle-like pieces and a digital computer game component to facilitate teaching concepts, primarily to ...
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A new Kickstarter project (not fully funded yet!) from Carnegie Mellon University graduates to help teach kids the fundamentals of logic and computer science using puzzle pieces. Looks interesting!

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IT teaching overhauls welcomed by industry including Raspberry Pi and Microsoft

IT teaching overhauls welcomed by industry including Raspberry Pi and Microsoft | digital technologies | Scoop.it
Industry heavyweights such as Microsoft and Adobe give backing to new curriculum, while others keep their feet on the ground

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IT hubs launched for Kenyan schools

IT hubs launched for Kenyan schools | digital technologies | Scoop.it
Eighteen digital hubs for Kenyan primary schools are launched, giving pupils access to computers in a country where many schools lack text books.

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It soln to reduce digital divide