computer science

Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts

Unplugging Computer Science to Spark Curiosity For Root Concepts

| August 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

Students tackle tough computer science concepts by embodying the computational thinking behind them, all without ever touching a computer.

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Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

| May 13, 2014 | 24 Comments

Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, has an ambitious goal: To get public high schools to offer computer programming classes — not just as an elective, but as a science requirement. “It’s absolutely relevant for public education to embrace computer science,” he says. “I can’t think of any other science that would better prepare you for life in the 21st century.”

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For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students are “hacking” problems important to their everyday experience, like developing a simple app for women who feel harassed on the street.

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Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

| February 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

A great discussion around the need for coding and programming in schools, and how to reach girls and minorities, on Science Friday.

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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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How One “Hour of Code” Can Launch an Entire Computer Science Program

How One “Hour of Code” Can Launch an Entire Computer Science Program

| December 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

Thanks to code.org’s “Hour of Code,” millions of students will get their first taste of computer programming this week, Dec. 9-13, designated as Computer Science Education Week. If schools do decide to go beyond the one hour and take the next step to add coding as a part of school curriculum, what will this look like?

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Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code?

Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code?

| October 8, 2013 | 20 Comments

Handwork and technology might seem at first glance to be at odds. But there’s a case to be made that handwork and computing — and the kind of process that links the two — are more closely related than one might think.

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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

| September 16, 2013

The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It’s turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country’s most pressing problems.

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New Visual Tool Teaches Kids How to Code at Home

New Visual Tool Teaches Kids How to Code at Home

| August 9, 2013 | 7 Comments

Though computer programming is becoming more important, many K-12 schools don’t offer classes. Now commercial products are starting to offer at-home learning, offering sleek new platforms focused on teaching how to think like a computer programmer.

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Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

| December 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. “Save or Save As?” someone asks. No one has ever explained the difference to these students and no one will have the time to explain it. With a frown on their […]

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