coding

August 14, 2019

My initial experience using a coding and robotic tool has forever changed my outlook on not only the clear benefits my students gained but also just how easy it can be for integrating into whatever short period of time a teacher is working with. With so many coding and robotics tools coming out all the time, it can be overwhelming which is best or where to even start. Teachers should not be afraid to incorporate coding and robotics into their classroom.

August 07, 2019

Today, the internet provides unlimited access to high-quality, free and educational resources for almost any age or skill group. And yet, these critical career paths lack awareness and excitement. Many nonprofit organizations are making it their mission to change that, upsetting outdated models in education and, subsequently, recruiting.

August 02, 2019

Knowing how the programs on their computers are constructed seems like a worthwhile thing even if a student never writes a single line of code outside of school. To understand the architecture is a form of power, and while I cannot claim my individual experiences with students as dispositive to the whole, many of them use their computers and phones uncritically, and prove to be not great problem solvers when it comes to operating in the digital realm.

April 22, 2019

The trepidation surrounding artificial intelligence and machine learning hasn’t subsided. Many educators wonder how possible is it that machine learning could replace the tasks and jobs we’ve trained for, leaving many without employment? What happens when artificial intelligence takes over? The answer is that we will become more creative. As humans, we have characteristics that no machine will develop: empathy and innovation.

January 16, 2019

While it may seem like these companies are competing in the education market simply to broaden their consumer base and give back a little, their collective strategy is much more concerning. Tech oligarchs are pushing skills like coding in education to train their own future labor force -- and pay them low wages.

November 14, 2018

As soon as Cue was out of the box, the boys started having fun with it. This device is designed for ages 10 to 15, and I think my boys are just outside of the right age range. Bucky isn't able to read so he needed help using the robot. And, Jerome enjoyed it for a little bit, but it couldn't compete with video games and girls. There are several accessories you can get to go with Cue, including the Sketch Kit, which we got to test out.

October 14, 2018

“You can’t take an ethics course from 50 or even 25 years ago and drop it in the middle of a computer science program and expect it to grab people or be particularly applicable,” Baker says. “We are looking to encourage ways of teaching ethics that make sense in a computer science program, that make sense today, and that make sense in understanding questions of data.”

September 19, 2018

According to that research, HackerRank estimated that 17 percent of its users are women overall. But by narrowing the data set just to 2016, they found that 24 percent of users that year were women. They also found that India, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy are the six countries with the highest percentage of women developers.

September 16, 2018

Computer Kit Touch: The ultimate touchscreen computer anyone can make, as easy as Lego, for beginners of all ages. Learn to code, paint with your fingers, hack Minecraft, make art, with simple blocks and hand gestures. Remix the code for over 600,000 creations by other Kano owners using Kano World. Take it all with you thanks to a built-in battery.

August 15, 2018

The Ft. Meade, Md.-based agency has a retention rate of 92 percent, Nakasone reported, and receives some 17,000 applications per month -- 40 percent of which come from sources that promote diversity. NSA is ranked among the top 20 employers for computer science graduates, he said, and has earned five external honors for excellence. NSA’s intern program attracts 9,000 applications a year from top colleges, of which 1,000 are considered and 280 invited for interviews, 70 percent of which get hired, he said.

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