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pythonroom - 1 views

    "This course introduces computer science through the Python programming language. It is built on the feedback of thousands of educators and hundreds of thousands of students who have used it to learn computer science and apply it to everyday problems. The lessons are designed to be easy for beginners, and test your understanding through problems and visualizations.
John Evans

BBC Bitesize - KS3 Computer Science - Introduction to computational thinking - Revision 1 - 5 views

    "Computers can be used to help us solve problems. However, before a problem can be tackled, the problem itself and the ways in which it could be solved need to be understood.

    Computational thinking allows us to do this."
John Evans

Strategies for Supporting Girls in Computer Science - EdTech Researcher - Education Week - 2 views

    "Increasing the gender diversity of the computer science faculty should be a priority for all schools as it would provide female students--as well as students of color--with role-models and mentors. In a study conducted in a suburban area near Oklahoma University, researchers examined the correlation between an after-school engineering mentoring program led by female college students and the perceptions of sixth and seventh grade girls (Holmes, Redmond, Thomas, & High, 2012). The researchers found that high quality mentoring relationships with a female role model led to an increase in the girls' confidence in their mathematics ability (Holmes et al., 2012). Similarly, seeing a confident and successful female computer science teacher could have a positive impact on girls and boys in computer science classes."
John Evans

Math Education: The Roots of Computer Science | Edutopia - 2 views

    "Math matters for computer science because it teaches students how to use abstract language, work with algorithms, self-analyze their computational thinking, and accurately modeling real-world solutions."
John Evans

University of Waterloo program aims to reverse women's flight from computer science - T... - 0 views

    "When Joanne Atlee was an undergraduate student in computer science, more than a third of her class was made up of women. In graduate school, those ranks began to thin out, a decline that has continued through much of her career as a professor at the University of Waterloo.

    "All of a sudden I am an instructor at Waterloo and 10 per cent of the class is female and it's 'Oh no, what happened?'""
John Evans

About Kids, Code, and Computer Science: Explore Computer Science and Programming | - 1 views

    "beanz magazine is a bi-monthly online and print magazine about learning to code, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives. The magazine includes hard to find information, for example, a list of 40+ programming languages for education, coding schools, summer tech camps, and more."
John Evans

BBC - Computer Science: Problem Solved - 0 views

    "These resources are suitable for use with pupils aged 13-16.

    BBC Radio 1 presenter Dev looks at how computational thinking can help solve problems in the real world. Practical solutions, abstraction and algorithms, and encouraging digitally competent citizenship.

    Alongside each short film, there is more information about the content of the film, and suggestions of how it could be used in the classroom."
John Evans

All kids should have a computer science education - Baltimore Sun - 0 views

    "Like most students at the time, I did not have access to computer science classes when I attended Wilde Lake High School in Columbia during the 1980s. I only stumbled upon the field when my high school math teacher recommended that I take a FORTRAN programming course at Howard Community College. I quickly learned that programming was like nothing I had experienced in school before. Whenever I finally solved a problem, there was a deeply satisfying "aha!" moment.

    As a result, I studied computer science at Harvard and received my Ph.D. in the field from the University of California, Berkeley. Nearly four decades after I took that first FORTRAN class, I'm a professor of computer science and associate dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    I was fortunate to have found my passion, even though computer science was not taught at my school. The unfortunate fact is that most K-12 schools still do not teach computer science, and most of today's high school and college students - particularly women - have still had little or no exposure to computational thinking, coding or computer science. There are certainly many students who would make great computer scientists, or who could leverage computing skills to achieve success in any number of other fields, who never take a single related class. Even in Maryland, one of the most technologically advanced states in the nation, only 14 percent of students take a computer science class in high school, and nearly half of the public high schools do not offer any AP computer science classes."
Reynold Redekopp

New eBook - volume two of Manitoba Education and Technology | - 0 views

    A book written by Manitoba educators on how they are implementing Maker and Coder ideas. Edited by Mike Nantais and Reynold Redekopp
John Evans

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer sc... - 0 views

    "Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said.

    More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended an event at Microsoft's UK headquarters designed to show young women what life at a technology company was like.

    Speaking just weeks after the Government used its Budget to announce significant funding to support the training of Computer Science teachers, Cindy Rose, the chief executive of Microsoft UK, kicked off this year's DigiGirlz by highlighting the lack of women in the technology sector.

    Educators told Microsoft at the event that school leaders needed to create more positive role models in computer science and give them modern classrooms to work in if the UK was to encourage more women to pursue a career in science, engineering, technology or maths (STEM)."
John Evans

For Computer Science Ed Week - Teach Thinking NOT Coding - EdTech Researcher - Educatio... - 0 views

    "With Computer Science in Education (CSED) Week and Hour of Code right around the corner, we have a simple request: Don't teach coding. Instead, we suggest that you introduce computational thinking and creative problem solving into your classroom. This way, you can get at the big ideas behind computer science rather than focus on a single activity or lesson involving "code.""
John Evans

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher's Classroom | EdSurge News - 1 views

    "Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. It encourages students to learn science content and concepts deeply by using critical thinking and primary investigation skills. Adopted by 18 states (with as many as 40 interested and in the process), the standards define science education through core concepts (such as wave properties), practices (like analyzing and interpreting data ) and crosscutting concepts (like cause-and-effect).

    Some of the NGSS guidelines directly overlap with the practices listed in the K-12 Computer Science framework and the new CSTA Computer Science standards. Here's a doodle that illustrates how the two subjects overlap. "
John Evans - 0 views

    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

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

    "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

430 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in November - 2 views

    "Six years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world have created thousands of free online courses.
    I've compiled this list of 430 such free online courses that you can start this month. For this, I leveraged Class Central's database of over 8,000 courses. I've also included each course's average rating."
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