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Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

| February 17, 2014

It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

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Learn to Code, Code to Learn

Learn to Code, Code to Learn

| October 22, 2013 | 20 Comments

In this demo-filled talk MIT’s Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. “As kids are creating projects like this, they’re learning to code, but even […]

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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

| May 23, 2013 | 53 Comments

Skills used for programming could also be used for a wide range of careers, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula.

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Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

| September 26, 2012 | 54 Comments

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan Deep into the digital age, the need for everyone to understand and learn programming is becoming more and more apparent. Codecademy, Coursera and other education start-ups are stepping in to fill the much-needed gap to teach adults to code. For kids, non-profits like CodeNow are raising funds to run summer programming […]

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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

| February 23, 2012 | 17 Comments

Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that […]

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