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Nigel Coutts

Finding a new paradise for education in times of chaos - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Through any lens schools are complex places. A melting pot of human, social, political, economic, technological, physical and philosophical tensions. At once the stronghold of our cultural traditions and facilitators of our future wellbeing, schools serve as pillars of stability constructed at the event horizon between our now and our tomorrow. Perhaps at this point in time more than ever is this tension between the role that schools play in indoctrinating our youth into the ways of society at odds with the imperative to prepare them for their futures.
John Evans

https://k12cs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/K%E2%80%9312-Computer-Science-Framework.pdf - 0 views

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    The K-12 Computer Science Framework was developed for
    states, districts, schools, and organizations to inform the development of standards and curriculum, build
    capacity for teaching computer science, and implement computer science pathways. The framework
    Computer science is
    powering approaches
    to many of our world's
    toughest challenges.
    The K-12 Computer
    Science Framework informs
    standards and curriculum,
    professional development,
    and the implementation of
    computer science pathways.
    2 K-12 Computer Science Framework
    Executive Summary
    promotes a vision in which all students critically engage in computer science issues; approach problems
    in innovative ways; and create computational artifacts with a practical, personal, or societal intent.
    The development of the framework was a community effort. Twenty-seven writers and twenty-five
    advisors developed the framework with feedback from hundreds of reviewers including teachers,
    researchers, higher education faculty, industry stakeholders, and informal educators. The group of
    writers and advisors represents states and districts from across the nation, as well as a variety of
    academic perspectives and experiences working with diverse student populations.
John Evans

Make Your Own Creature Workshop #AASL17 | Renovated Learning - 1 views

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    "Towards the end of last school year, one of my students came up with one of my favorite design challenges:  Make a creature that does something.  That's it.  This prompt wins for simplicity and the designs that people come up with for it are always amazing.

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John Evans

Here's how to win at Monopoly, according to math experts | - 2 views

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    "Mathematicians Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans have crunched the numbers. Forget utilities - these are the properties you really should be investing in."
Phil Taylor

Wolfram Programming Lab: Computational Thinking Starts Here - 1 views

  • Wolfram Programming Lab has a step-by-step introductory programming course built right in. Written by Stephen Wolfram himself, An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language teaches you the basics of the Wolfram Language in a straightforward, accessible way—even if you've never coded before
  • The Wolfram Language concept: make the language do the work, not you! Automate as much as possible, so you write a tiny piece of code, and the computer figures out everything else.
Phil Taylor

Wolfram Alpha Founder Discusses Computational Thinking at Ed School | News | The Harvar... - 0 views

  • Wolfram defined computational thinking as “the activity for a human of taking something that they want to know about or that they want to have happen in the world, and formulating it in such a way that a sufficiently smart computer can then know what to do.”
  • “Computational thinking is a bigger, more significant thing that I think will be remembered as probably the most important intellectual achievement of the 21st century,”
  • Coding, Wolfram argued, is “the enemy” of computational thinking. “I think with the low-level coding, it is as mechanical as a lot of the kind of math that kids find boring,”
John Evans

National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study - GOV.UK - 0 views

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    "A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate - able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology - at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world."
John Evans

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog - 1 views

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    "Stories are an entertaining way to introduce or reinforce computer science concepts and help students to understand abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Do you read picture books, chapter books, or short stories to your students in computer science classes? I do. The easiest way to get started is with books that are specifically written to teach CS concepts."
John Evans

Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a 'Hero's Journey' | 3BL Media - 2 views

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    "In a few weeks, people around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding.

    Today, it's my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released a new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero's Journey, that will be used in classrooms, at after-school programs, community centers and homes everywhere. The tutorial uses game elements loved by so many young people, and introduces a fun character called the Agent, to present computer science concepts in a fun and creative way. Learn more in a post today by Deirdre Quarnstrom, Minecraft Education general manager, and start planning your Hour of Code."
John Evans

The Argument for Computational Thinking - This & That - 4 views

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    "Halloween is packed away, Christmas looms on the horizon, report cards are consuming way too much time…all of which means it is almost one of my favourite weeks of the year: Hour of Code week!

    This year Hour of Code officially runs from December 4th to 10th. Last year our teachers and administrators worked really hard to ensure that students in all grades and across all of our schools got a chance to try one or two coding activities during Hour of Code week. I hope we do even better this year and for the next several weeks my blog posts will be dedicated to helping teachers prepare for Hour of Code in their classroom.

    However, in any discussion about coding, I think it is important to start off by discussing Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking is the basis for all coding. More importantly, it provides a great base for problem solving in any arena of life, from getting dressed for the snow to building a gingerbread house to completing a school project."
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