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Computers + Emotional Care = a Great Match | Teacher Single Post - 2 views

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    "Recently, my students gave me one of those golden moments in teaching.  Allow me to set the stage. We were over six weeks into a project-based life science unit in which students apply systems-thinking to closely examine the inner workings of a body system and relate that system to others as a subsystem. The set of standards housing our work is juicy with Crosscutting Concepts and ripe with potential for Science and Engineering Practices.  We began the unit exploring how cells themselves, a structure students often initially perceive as an end-all-be-all baseline to life, are instead a very complex system of subsystems.  That particular day, students were outlining components of their selected body system in preparation for writing  a podcast."
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WHAT IS COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND WHY DOES IT MATTER? Summary NSW Education - 2 views

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    Computational thinking skills are important for all students, not just for future computer scientists. That's one of the key messages from a new report commissioned by the Department's Education for a Changing World initiative, and a message bolstered by growing international evidence.
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Going Beyond the Hour of Code - Digital Promise - 1 views

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    "During CS Ed Week, countless teachers and students experienced computer science for the first time. Whether it was their first, second, or hundredth time, I hope that this taste of CS left them hungry for more. Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I'd like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code."
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Machine Learning for Kids - 1 views

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    "These projects are downloadable step-by-step guides, with explanations and colour screenshots for students to follow. Each project is a stand-alone activity, written to last for a single lesson, and will guide children to create a game or interactive project that demonstrates a real-world use of artificial intelligence and machine learning."
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How to Explain Algorithms to Kids | Tynker Blog - 3 views

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    "The word "algorithm" may not seem relevant to kids, but the truth is that algorithms are all around them, governing everything from the technology they use to the mundane decisions they make every day. Algorithms are fascinating and, although some are quite complex, the concept itself is actually quite simple."
John Evans

Cody Roby - Europe Code Week Edition - CodeWeek Italia - 0 views

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    "Make unplugged coding the perfect DIY gift: no time, no cost, lot of fun, new skills. CodyRoby is the new method to play with unplugged coding games at any age. Download your free CodyRoby starter kit and make a perfect gift in a few minutes (watch the video tutorial). The kit includes 40 cody cards, a cody-card box, a chess board, 5 Roby pieces, and 24 tiles. Follow the instructions below step by step and watch the video tutorials to get started soon!"
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Scratch Across Every Subject: A Recap | ScratchEd - 4 views

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    "nterested in integrating Scratch into your classroom this Fall, but aren't sure where to start? Here's a recap of our Scratch Across Every Subject Series!"
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Issue 6 - Hello World - 3 views

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    "Hello World issue 6 brings together a collection of experts, who address the challenges of ethics, and how that affects and underpins the teaching of computer science. They share ideas, thoughts and experiences, and look at how to inspire students, whilst grounding them in an ethical ethos."
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Lessons Learned from a District-wide Implementation of a Computer Science Initiative in... - 2 views

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    In this article, we use evidence to describe seven key lessons from a four-year district-wide computer science implementation project between Howard University and the District of Columbia Public Schools. These lessons are: (a) Get to know the school counselors (and other key personnel); (b) Expect personnel changes and strategic reorganization within school districts; (c) Be innovative to build and maintain community; (d) Be flexible when developing instruments and curricula; (e) Maintain a firm commitment to equity; (f) Develop tiered content and prepare to make philosophical adjustments; and (g) Identify markers of sustainability. We also include original curricula materials including the Computer Science Course Evaluation and the Computational Thinking Survey. The seven lessons and curricula materials provided in this study can be used to inform the development of future computer science researcher-practitioner partnerships.
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Meet Erica, the world's most human-like autonomous android - video | Technology | The G... - 2 views

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    "Erica is 23. She has a beautiful, neutral face and speaks with a synthesised voice. She has a degree of autonomy - but can't move her hands yet. Hiroshi Ishiguro is her 'father' and the bad boy of Japanese robotics. Together they will redefine what it means to be human and reveal that the future is closer than we might think."
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What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists - 4 views

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    Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it's poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the terms "data science" and "data scientist" aren't always easily understood, and are used to describe a wide range of data-related work. What, exactly, is it that data scientists do? As the host of the DataCamp podcast DataFramed, I have had the pleasure of speaking with over 30 data scientists across a wide array of industries and academic disciplines. Among other things, I've asked them about what their jobs entail.
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KS3/4 Computing Lesson Plan - Teach Computational Thinking Skills with a Touch of Magic... - 4 views

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    "This lesson/series of lessons is designed to give pupils an introductory understanding of key computational thinking skills and help them to discover that in fact, computers don't solve problems, but are used by us to aid the problem solving process. This will be shown by using the BBC Micro:Bit device, both emulated via online tools and with a real Micro:Bit if available - and adding a touch of magic."
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CSTA 2018 - Conference Presentations - 1 views

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    "Integrating Computational Thinking in the Primary Grades "
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Libraries Ready to Code | Tools, Publications & Resources - 2 views

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    "Welcome to our Libraries Ready to Code Collection Beta Release! Everything on this site is a test run and we want your feedback. That way, when we launch the full site (in fall 2018) it will meet the needs of library staff working for and with youth and families."
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Creating Visual Stories With Data - 3 views

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    "According to a recent Forbes article, data storytelling, which involves weaving data and visualizations into a compelling narrative, has become a sought-after skill in the job market. Today's variety of online tools and resources offer an opportunity to prepare our students to interpret their research in new and creative ways and to effectively communicate data-driven insights."
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