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John Evans

Huh? Schools Think Kids Don't Want to Learn Computer Science | WIRED - 1 views

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    "Times have never been better for computer science workers. Jobs in computing are growing at twice the national rate of other types of jobs. By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them.

    If any company has a vested interest in cultivating a strong talent pool of computer scientists, it's Google. So the search giant set out to learn why students in the US aren't being prepared to bridge the talent deficit. In a big survey conducted with Gallup and released today, Google found a range of dysfunctional reasons more K-12 students aren't learning computer science skills. Perhaps the most surprising: schools don't think the demand from parents and students is there.

    Google and Gallup spent a year and a half surveying thousands of students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents across the US. And it's not that parents don't want computer science for their kids. A full nine in ten parents surveyed viewed computer science education as a good use of school resources. It's the gap between actual and perceived demand that appears to be the problem."
John Evans

Kahoot! is gamifying the classroom (Wired UK) - 2 views

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    ""The minute you're born, you learn by playing together," says Åsmund Furuseth, VP for business development of Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform with one exclamation mark and 13 million monthly users.

    Furuseth and his colleagues at Kahoot! want students, parents and teachers to keep that process going into school and beyond. His company enables anyone to create their own game-based educational content, and helps to found new types of classrooms in which to best exploit it. Furuseth tells WIRED.co.uk he wants to "create an emotional connection between the learners so that they learn much better together -- this is what we believe is the future of how you learn"."
John Evans

This Amazing Collection of Historical Maps Just Got Easier to See | WIRED - 3 views

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    "IT JUST GOT way, way easier to search and browse the US Geological Survey's collection of historical topographic maps, thanks to a new online map viewer. These maps-more than 178,000 of them-date back to 1880, and they cover the entire country. Best of all, they're free to download for anyone who wants to, say, check out the contours of the Grand Canyon or study the urbanization of the San Francisco Bay Area (see below)."
John Evans

How to Understand the Super Bowl-With Physics! | WIRED - 0 views

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    "The Super Bowl isn't just a football game. It's an opportunity to discuss physics. Let's look at some of the interesting physics concepts that go with the game."
John Evans

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year | WIRED - 2 views

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    "Here at WIRED Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery.
    In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year. They're in no particular order (though we did save a treat for last). Each tells a story with elegant simplicity, and sometimes even beauty. Enjoy!"
John Evans

How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    ""Before the term started, a lot of people were feeling under-confident, especially in primary schools," says Swidenbank. "All evidence now shows confidence is on the up." The biggest challenge remains the knowledge gaps, she asserts. But Codeacademy's own figures show the extent of the dent being made in that area. It has had 100,000 new student signups in the past three months and has partnered with more than 2,000 schools since September, bringing its total to more than 3,000.

    The biggest change, has been a growth in confidence -- in both teachers and students. Keeping on top of the learning is the key to ensuring that confidence thrives, and Swidenbank has seen the results of that firsthand."
John Evans

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED - 0 views

  • We “learn,” and after this we “do.” We go to school and then we go to work.

    This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.

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    "Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.

    To become a chef, a lawyer, a philosopher or an engineer, has always been a matter of learning what these professionals do, how and why they do it, and some set of general facts that more or less describe our societies and our selves. We pass from kindergarten through twelfth grade, from high school to college, from college to graduate and professional schools, ending our education at some predetermined stage to become the chef, or the engineer, equipped with a fair understanding of what being a chef, or an engineer, actually is and will be for a long time.

    We "learn," and after this we "do." We go to school and then we go to work.

    This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover."
John Evans

Your Handy Tips and Tricks for Mastering OS X Yosemite | WIRED - 2 views

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    "You've just downloaded Yosemite, Apple's latest update to the Mac platform. There's a lot that's familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently. If you haven't already been using the public beta, it can be a lot to take in. Lucky for you, we've got a primer.

    We've selected 10 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac. Some you may recognize, particularly if you've followed our previous Yosemite coverage, but now that Yosemite and iOS 8 are live for all, there are a few more features Apple's rolled out."
John Evans

How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism | Business | WIRED - 0 views

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    "When I first arrived in New York, some time back in the last century, I gazed in awe and fascination at subway riders reading The New York Times. Thanks to a precise and universally adopted method of folding the paper (had it been taught in schools?), they could read it and even turn its pages without thrusting them in anyone else's face. The trick? Folding those big, inky broadsheets into neat little rectangles-roughly the same size, in fact, as an iPad. It's as if they were trying to turn the newspaper into a mobile device. And that, we can now see, is precisely what news is meant for. Today, New York newspaper origami is an all-but-lost art; straphangers have their eyes glued to their smartphones."
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How Smartphones Have Unleashed Humanity's Creative Potential | Gadget Lab | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Now it's the phone's turn. The smartphone began with a promise of productivity. Its first "killer app," in the parlance of those developing for it, was email. Smartphones let us send messages without launching a computer; that's what made them smart. Web browsing followed, but the device was still seen as a surrogate for the computer at your desk-something to keep you productive while out in the world. Today, though, the phone has become something else. The smartphone, like the PC and the Internet before it, has turned into a unique outlet for our creative impulses, and it will affect our creative lives even more fundamentally."
John Evans

The Startup That's Bringing Coding to the World's Classrooms | Business | WIRED - 2 views

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    "This fall, the entire British school system will embrace computer science.

    The UK is the first G8 country to include computer science education in its national curriculum, and the move could serve as a test case for so many other nations across the globe, including the United States. As computing comes to dominate our world, programming skills are more valuable than ever, but even the U.S.-the center of the technology universe-is still struggling to bring coding into the classroom. Part of the problem is that, before students learn how to code, their teachers must learn too. Pulling all that off is a massive endeavor."
John Evans

5 Reasons You Should Consider a Different Physics Textbook | Science Blogs | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Let me go ahead and say it. I think you should consider switching from your current introductory physics textbook to Matter and Interactions (by Chabay and Sherwood - published by Wiley). Matter and Interactions is a calculus-based, first-year physics curriculum. But wait! It's not just any ordinary physics textbook. No, this one is different."
John Evans

TouchCast: An Exciting New iPad Tool to Create Wildly Interactive Videos | Wired Educator - 7 views

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    "TouchCast is an exciting new tool that combines video and the web in amazingly new interactive ways that I have never before Img2seen. I believe TouchCast could be an exciting new for educators and students.

    The ability to move and interact with the content on the screen during the video reminds me of the user interface used in the movie Minority Report. Very creative ability to both create and interact with various content. You can just tell when an app fully uses the capabilities of the iPad and TouchCast is one of those amazing apps that gets it right."
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