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John Evans

In Finland, Teaching Computer Science Without Computers - The Atlantic - 3 views

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    "The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans' preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn't, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, anyway.

    That was the gist of the conversation one recent morning at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., where diplomats and experts gathered to celebrate the country's education accomplishments as Finland turns 100. And Americans could stand to take notes. (Yes, from Finland-again.)

    Coding and programming are now part of the curriculum in the Scandinavian country, and they're subjects kids tackle from a young age. But unlike in some parts of the United States where learning to code is an isolated skill, Finnish children are taught to think of coding and programming more as tools to be explored and utilized across multiple subjects."
John Evans

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

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    "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

30 Best Science Websites for Kids (Chosen by Teachers) - 3 views

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    "What are the best science websites for your K-12 lessons? Here are the ones I turn to again and again."
John Evans

Science Infographics Breakdown STEM Subjects as Visual Maps - 1 views

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    "It's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity and complexity of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics in visual maps that explore the breadth of each field.

    Walliman, who also created animated videos exploring his science infographics, manages to pack all the shades of each complex field on one page. For instance, the Map of Mathematics travels from the origins and foundations of the field to the differences between pure mathematics and applied mathematics. Likewise, chemistry is divided between rules and different sub-topics like biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, with fun illustrations to clearly show what falls underneath each area.

    Whether you are a scientist who feels like people never quite get what you do or a student who can't put their finger on how they might use their math or science degree, Walliman's infographics will come in handy. Consider them roadmaps to possible careers or cheat sheets to figuring out how quantum physics is related to the theory of relativity. Best of all, by studying the visual maps, it becomes easy to see how all these scientific fields overlap and fit together like a puzzle."
John Evans

Share it! Science : DIY Zoetrope Animation STEAM Project - 2 views

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    "This DIY zoetrope is the perfect STEAM project for kids who love art, science and engineering. You most likely have all of the supplies you need around the house, or can get them easily and inexpensively.

    Have you ever played with a zoetrope? Zoetropes are simple devices that pre-date film animation. The viewer looks through the slits in a spinning cylinder and sees an animated image."
John Evans

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

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    "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

CurioCity - CurioCité | Why is it so hard to wake up for school? - 1 views

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    "Tell me if this sounds familiar: Your alarm goes off at 7:00 am. It's a school day. It's time to get out of bed and get ready to make that early morning bell. But in that moment, you feel as though there is no force on the planet that could make you open your eyes and surrender your comfortable position under the covers. Your mom comes into the room, already dressed for work. "You know," she says, "you wouldn't be so tired if you'd just gone to bed a little earlier."

    Is she right? Also, why isn't she ever tired in the morning?

    Most teens would agree that they're much sleepier in the morning than their parents are. There's a single molecule that's largely responsible for this difference. And no, it's not caffeine - it's melatonin!"
John Evans

Boston's EMPath Program Uses Science to Fight Family Poverty - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "You saw the pictures in science class-a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone's head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works with the limbic system, which is connected and sits closer to the center of the brain. The limbic system processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its storage of long-term memory.

    When a person lives in poverty, a growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, set goals, and complete tasks in the most efficient ways.

    This happens to everyone at some point, regardless of social class. The overload can be prompted by any number of things, including an overly stressful day at work or a family emergency. People in poverty, however, have the added burden of ever-present stress. They are constantly struggling to make ends meet and often bracing themselves against class bias that adds extra strain or even trauma to their daily lives."
John Evans

Fun STEM for Kids - Science Math Engineering Tech | iGameMom - 1 views

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    STEM resources and activities that can be sorted by age and subject area. Check them out!
John Evans

What the Flu Does to Your Brain, According to a Sick Scientist | Inverse - 0 views

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    "lu checklist: a dozen boxes of tissues, oversized sweatshirt from a college you didn't go to, an orange juice IV, three buckets (one for depositing used tissues, one full of a medley of cough drops and Nyquill, and one for when the medicine comes back up), and a general animosity toward the universe for making you feel like a sack of rotten mayonnaise. Got everything? Good. Here is exactly what's happening in your brain as you fight everyone's favorite seasonal asshole: the flu."
John Evans

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

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    "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."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: The Math and Science of Valentine's Day - 1 views

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    "Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. In middle schools and high schools everywhere there will be students who are excited about it, some who dread it, and others who are indifferent. I always fell into the indifferent category. Wherever your students stand on Valentine's Day, the following two videos make for interesting lessons about Valentine's Day."
John Evans

3 Educational Websites Science Teachers Should Check Out ~ Educational Technology and M... - 0 views

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    "Below are three interesting science resources selected specifically for elementary teachers. These websites provide teachers with a wide variety of educational materials to help young kids enjoy science learning. These include lesson plans, video tutorials, animated explanations, presentations, graphic organizers, interactive games and many more."
John Evans

Creative Computing - An introductory computing curriculum using Scratch - 1 views

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    "Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values - emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests."
John Evans

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

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    "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

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    "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

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    "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

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

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."
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