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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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New Swift certification program validates coding skills for students | 9to5Mac - 1 views

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    "Students learning to create apps with Apple's Swift programming language now have a way to validate their skills with a new certification program. App Development with Swift is a new academic certification course created by Certiport in partnership with Apple that measures students' ability to program with Swift after completing a year-long program.

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    The new Swift certification program will be available starting this fall:"
John Evans

What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed? | E... - 1 views

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    "In today's day and age, Google, Twitter and Pinterest are three of the largest employers in the United States and internationally. Are students gaining the skills that one might need to eventually apply to one of those tech giants, if they chose to do so? In the year 2017, what hard and soft skills should students be developing in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace? What about in the year 2020? 2050?

    Let's stick with the "now," for a moment. In a recent interview, EdSurge explored which skill sets lead to career success for students-but we didn't talk to anyone in K-12 or higher education. In fact, we interviewed three individuals-Alexandrea Alphonso, Ryan Greenberg, and Trisha Quan-from each of those aforementioned tech companies.

    While the thoughts and feelings of each of the folks we interviewed do not represent the opinions of their employers, each of these technology leaders offered their thoughts in this exclusive Q&A on equity and access, areas that formal education didn't prepare them for, and their advice for teachers working to prepare students for an ever-changing workplace."
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Don't Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills... - 2 views

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    "In an effort to prepare the next generation for the future, school and public librarians, as well as teachers and educators at community-run and for-profit camps, have answered the call to teach kids code. But many now recognize it's not enough for students simply to know how to write code. The capacity to build a product or solve a problem requires an entirely different literacy.

    With this in mind, the focus of coding education is shifting from teaching the specific skill of coding to teaching computational thinking-or the ability to follow a step-by-step process to solve a problem. Technology education programs from CSforAll to Code.org to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), as well as employers such as Google, all embrace this new context and focus.

    The future workforce will require a solid grounding in the discipline of thinking computationally, says Chris Stephenson, Google's head of computer science education strategy. She compares this moment to the epistemological shift that happened before the Enlightenment, when scribes guarded reading as a skill only for the chosen few."
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Innovate My School - Make this your most digital year yet! - 1 views

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    "Digital literacy: I'm sure you've been told this is important for students in the 21st Century. But did anyone mention it's also important for teachers too? Believe me, it is! Digital literacy is about digital skills, skills which help you use tech, create with tech and be safe using tech. So obviously as students increase in their use of technology we have to support them in how to use it wisely, correctly and safely. The same applies to teachers."
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3 Necessary Skills for Educators in the Era of A.I. | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    "It's time we considered the increasing impact of AI in education. Educators have already previewed examples of the changes coming their way. Automation technology has been introduced for a variety of basic teaching tasks."
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Important Skills Kids Learn Through Coding - WeAreTeachers - 3 views

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    " definitely don't claim to be a tech pro-if something breaks, I immediately call tech support to get it fixed. But I do believe in coding and making it part of a child's curriculum. In recent years I've been working with a lot of new teachers who are unsure about how to integrate technology in their classrooms. I've been a classroom teacher, and I get it: Sometimes it's hard to make the connection. "Why is this important? Don't I have enough to do already?"

    However, once you realize how much technology can aid your other curricula, you see that it's worth the time and energy. Coding definitely teaches students tech skills, but that's only the beginning. Take a look at these 10 other benefits you'll see when you teach kids how to code."
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Best Online Classes for Job Skills - MIT Technology Review - 1 views

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    "Codecademy, Coursera, edX, and Udacity reveal their most popular courses of 2017 and what they think will trend in 2018."
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10 Things That Define Exemplary Digital Communication for Everyone - 2 views

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    "Mastering digital communication is much more than just about being safe and courteous online. It's also part of being a great Global Digital Citizen-the kind of citizen we must begin cultivating in our schools.
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    At the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, we believe the role of an effective digital communicator is to show courtesy, integrity, and respectability in all forms of technology-based interactions and associations. Moreover, their role is also to model this behaviour for the rest of us.

    It makes sense to cultivate our learners to become such empowered individuals that are aware of their responsibility both for and with the power of the Internet, for the lasting well-being of our global community. Moving forward, then, how can we help them realize the meaning of a truly exemplary digital communication? What does such a practice look like in action?"
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Here are the 10 skills you need to become a data scientist, the no. 1 job in America - ... - 2 views

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    "Data scientists are in high demand, and command a median base salary of $110,000. Here are the skills you need to break into a career in the field, according to Glassdoor."
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Digital Tools to Help Students Succeed Online - Applied Digital Skills - 4 views

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    "Free lesson plans and digital skills training videos from Google designed for an evolving job market"
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3 Ways Game-Based Learning Can Boost Math Skills | EdTech Magazine - 0 views

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    "Games can be a great tool for teaching students about complex topics like digital citizenship, politics and even science. With about 47 percent of kids aged 4 to 13 playing digital games every day, game-based learning is poised to further engage children in the classroom.

    One classroom in Tampa, Fla., has discovered that digital games can help some children with mathematics. Gregory Smith, a fifth-grade teacher in Hillsborough County, tells Education Week that after incorporating math-strategy games - think word problems with corresponding interactive elements - his students' math-skills scores went from an average of 49 percent to 83 percent. The students themselves also reported more enjoyment from math."
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