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What would an exceptional middle and high school computer science curriculum include? -... - 48 views

  • What would an exceptional middle and high school computer science curriculum include?
  • This isn't a complete answer, but one thing the very first introductory classes should require is that the students turn off all their electronic computers and actually learn to walk through  algorithms with a computer that exists only on paper. (Or, I suppose, a whiteboard or a simulator.) This exercise would give the students a grounding in what is going on inside the computer as a very low level.My first computer programming class in my Freshman year of high school was completely on paper. Although it was done because the school didn't have much money, it turned out to be very beneficial.Another class I had in high school, that wouldn't normally be lumped into a Computer Science curriculum but has been a boon to my career, was good old Typing 101.
  • If you followed the CS Unplugged curriculum your students would know more about CS than most CS grads:http://csunplugged.orgIt's a really great intro to basic computer science concepts and very easy for students to understand.  Best of all you don't even need a computer per student if your school doesn't have the budget,
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  • For younger students, I think that the ability to make something professional-looking, like a real grown-up would, is paramount.  Sadly, I think this means that LOGO and BASIC aren't much use any more*.
  • So, we have a few choices.  You can try to write phone apps that look just like real phone apps, design interactive websites that look just like real interactive websites, or do something with embedded systems / robotics.  Avoid the temptation to make these things into group projects; the main thing every student needs to experience is the process of writing code, running it, debugging it, and watching the machine react to every command.
  • It is important to consider what an 11 to 18-year old is familiar with in terms of mathematics and logical thinking. An average 11-year old is probably learning about fractions, simple cartesian geometry, the concept of units, and mathematical expressions. By 15, the average student will be taking algebra, and hopefully will have the all-important concept of variables under his/her belt. So much in CS is dependent on solid understanding that symbols and tokens can represent abstract concepts, values, or algorithms. Without it, it's still possible to teach CS, but it must be done in a very different way (see Scratch).
  • At this point, concepts such as variables, parenthesis matching, and functions (of the mathematical variety) are within easy reach. Concepts like parameter passing, strings and collections, and program flow should be teachable. More advanced concepts such as recursion, references and pointers, certain data structures, and big-O may be very difficult to teach without first going through some more foundational math.
  • I tend to agree strongly with those that believe a foundational education should inspire interest and enforce concepts and critical thinking over teaching any specific language, framework, system, or dogma.
  • The key is that the concepts in CS aren't just there for the hell of it. Everything was motivated by a real problem, and few things are more satisfying than fixing something you really want to work with a cool technique or concept you just learned.
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    Great resource for teachers (especially those of us not initially trained in Computer Science) about what should 'count' as Computer Science.  Worth the read!
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Learning Never Stops: Science Bob - Making Science Fun - 4 views

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    Fun and educational science website for students. Dozens of great experiments that can be done from home or in the classroom.
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7 science science for students of any age - 134 views

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    More great science science for teachers and students.
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7 outstanding science based science you may not know - 194 views

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    Have fun exploring these science based science that you may not have seen.
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27 websites that make learning websites fun - 12 views

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    27 websites that make learning websites fun.
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Pterosaur.net :: Home - 19 views

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    From the site: "This website was conceived at the 2007 Flugsaurier pterosaur research meeting in Munich when we, a collection of pterosaur researchers and artists directly working with us realised that there was no comprehensive, high quality website dedicated to this popular group of prehistoric animals. This acts in stark contrast to a number of excellent dinosaur-based websites and, frankly, we couldn't quite figure out why when pterosaurs are equally famous, popular and, in some respects, better known than their dinosaur cousins. With this in mind, we set out to create a pterosaur based website that: figure * Presents up-to-date information on pterosaurs in an accessible fashion * Sources information from the primary scientific literature * Is written by qualified, experienced pterosaur researchers * Can reflect the active research occuring in pterosaur websites * Provides professionally produced pterosaur art and photographs of pterosaur specimens"
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PBL Examples of Science Lesson Ideas | Best Kids Educational Science - 10 views

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    Great science base PBL projects broken down by science areas.
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5 Seriously Amazing Science Education Science - 178 views

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    5 more very cool science based science for teachers and students.
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Science Assessments for Middle School Teachers - College of Education and Human Develop... - 26 views

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    This website gives outlines for science assessments for middle school science teachers.  It discusses the theories behind them and what should be incorporated.
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7 (more) websites that make learning websites fun - 100 views

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    More great science science to enhance student learning.
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50 websites that help make learning websites fun - 96 views

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    Huge collection of great science website.
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Project Kaleidoscope and STEM | TIDES | Overview on AAC&U website - 7 views

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    underrepresented minorities account for only 18% of the baccalaureate degrees in science and engineering (National science Foundation, 2013). And despite the fact that women now outnumber men in college, between 2001 and 2010, the number of women earning baccalaureate degrees in computer science has decreased by 39%.
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Interactive Ear - 3 views

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    Use this interactive online ear diagram to examine the workings of how we hear sound. You can embed the ear on to your website (much better that embedding a website in to your ear!) Found via @WengersToyBus http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Science
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Physics Games - online physics-based games - 11 views

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    A great collection of free online physics games. You can even embed them directly into your website, wiki or blog.
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    Physics Games.net, as the name implies, is a website of games based on simple physics concepts. Physic Games offers dozens of games based on a physics concept or two. Each game can be played directly on the Physics Games website or embedded into your blog or website. The one downfall of the site is that before each game starts there is a short commercial. I checked out a few different games, and I did not see any advertising that would be unacceptable in a public school classroom. 
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Science and Technology of WWII - 59 views

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    Interactive website from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans with STEM resources for teaching the science and technology of WWII. 
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My Science Box - 134 views

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    Gives organizational tips on how to organize everything for a particular unit. Also has sample units available on the website.
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5 Great Science Science For Kids That You May Not Have Seen - 35 views

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    These sites offer games, articles, and simple experiments that any kid can perform.
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The Best Free Science Games for Kids Online: Educational Fun for Everyone - 153 views

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    Are your kids inquiring young scientists who are always curious about the world around them? If so, the following websites are just what you need. They contain some of the best websites games for kids online. Each of them are fun to explore and play with, but they also have a sound educational base.
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The Great Plant Hunt - 47 views

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    A website for Primary School from Kew Gardens - Find a categorise plants, look at germination and look at seed 'design' for different environments. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Science
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