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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 | 1 Comment

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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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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Learn to Code, Code to Learn

Learn to Code, Code to Learn

| October 22, 2013 | 19 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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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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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

| May 23, 2013 | 46 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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Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

| February 27, 2013 | 6 Comments

Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, computer programming, and learning to making things by hand. We know that arts integration can open all kinds of opportunities for learning and fostering creativity. We’re learning why […]

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

| December 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to […]

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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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Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

| September 26, 2012 | 46 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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What’s Inside Your Computer? These 6th-Graders Can Tell you

What’s Inside Your Computer? These 6th-Graders Can Tell you

| April 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

By Sheena Vaidyanathan Have you ever looked inside a laptop? Have you ever held a CPU or studied the components on a computer motherboard? Though we use computers everyday, many of us know little about the fascinating world inside. In the spirit of tech innovation that’s defined Silicon Valley, every sixth grader in the Los […]

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