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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YOUmedia Earlier this month, we covered the Fayetteville Free Library‘s new Fab Lab, the public library’s plans to build a “makerspace” where library patrons could gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and other tools and could take programming and “shop” classes. It’s part of a larger movement to rethink and re-imagine what a public library […]
It takes people with big ideas — and smart ways to implement them — to make any progress. And that’s the point of the Big Ideas Fest, held December 4-7 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., a gathering of leaders and innovators who will share their thoughts and tactics with educators and all those interested in […]
For those looking to tinker with electronics, add buzzers, lights or sensors to an object, or teach kids (or themselves) the basics of circuitry, programming, and micro-controllers, it’s not as hard as you might think. There are a number of kits available that make such projects relatively easy and accessible. Arduino, for example, offers a […]
Last week, as part of the Imagine Cup award ceremony, Hal Plotkin, the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, praised Microsoft for its commitment to STEM education with its hosting of the global student technology competition. Plotkin encouraged other companies to step up and invest in these sorts of […]
Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media (which organizes the annual Maker Faire), O’Reilly Media (publisher of all those great “Missing Manuals”) heralds the virtues of the open web and the history of open-source information in this talk at Open Educational Resources 2011 talk last month. “The most important educational resource is the student,” he says.
A reminder about this Saturday’s upcoming TEDxSFED event on April 9, when big thinkers and innovators will come together to re-imagine education both in and out of the classroom. The theme is mashEDup and will highlight new and different approaches to learning. The main event will happen at SOMArts, plus there will be three simulcast […]
I’m excited about the upcoming TEDxSF-ED event on April 9. That’s when big thinkers and innovators will come together to re-imagine education both in and out of the classroom. The theme is mashEDup and will highlight new and different approaches to learning. The main event will happen at SOMArts, plus there will be three simulcast […]
For Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire — the personification of the do-it-yourself movement — the future school day combines learning with doing. Dougherty has spent at least the last decade preaching the invaluable benefits of making things by hand. The reason is simple: you’ll learn more about it — whatever it is — if […]
A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of working for O’Reilly Media as the editor-in-chief of Craft Magazine. Even before I’d started working there, I attended the first two Maker Faire events, and was amazed by what I saw: part county fair, part science fair, part craft fair, a huge gathering of folks […]