6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic

I like how Edudemic has been presenting their info graphics with great leading questions for the classroom. I especially like this one, which was posted for last week’s Computer Science Education Week, as it gets students to think about emerging technologies and their potential, as well as giving them a starting point to envision technologies of the future.

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In Honour of Computer Science Education Week: 10 Must Watch TED Talks For All Aspiring Programmers

Some of these you have probably seen, like the Ken Robinson and Salman Khan Ted Talks about education. However, Kathryn Shultz’s on being wrong might have escaped your notice, or the one about how algorithms shape our world. Check it out and get inspired!

Dev Bootcamp is an intense 9-week bootcamp to train software engineers. Located in San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and New York City, NY.

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Hour of Code Highlight: Maximize the popularity of Frozen and Code with Anna and Elsa!

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Have some kids who are finished their work? Are they sitting there twiddling their thumbs? Ok, at this time of year, probably not. But still, now that we all have the songs from Frozen in our head due to our fabulous Holiday Concert last night, why not take a second, get into the Winter spirit and learn to Code with Anna and Elsa?

The tutorial is made for beginners, so anyone can do it. For example, this is how you begin:

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Ok. I did it. Ooh- I like how you can view the actual code behind the blocks:

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Ok. There are 20 pieces of the puzzle, so I won’t bore you with each step, but here are a couple of screenshots.Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.31.58 AM

Although this was at a lower level than I should have been doing, I still got momentarily stumped by the need for specific directions. It is like that game we used to play as children, when one person would pretend they were blind and the other had to direct them across the room? The computer is like a blind kid.

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And, as the byline on this blog says- if I can do it, so can you!

(I’m totally going to make my kids do this.)

An Infographic In Celebration of Computer Science Education Week | Edudemic

Check out these amazing info graphics about technological advancements in different fields. The discussion questions are also worth looking at – it gets students to think about not only the future of technology but the ethical and practical applications of it. From nanoscale devices to smart prosthetics, these info graphics give a nice, quick visual of the the different ways computer science affects our lives.

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In Honour of Computer Science Education Week: Stats Can’s Gender differences in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) programs at university

From the horse’s mouth. Gender differences in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) programs at university is part of the “Insights on Canadian Society” series published by Statistics Canada.It dates from almost exactly a year ago, so pretty recent.

[…]Despite the advances made in recent years,Note4 women remain less likely to choose a career in STEM areas, and more particularly in engineering, mathematics and computer science. This stands in contrast to nearly all other fields of study, where women now represent the vast majority of graduates—especially health and social science programs. Why are women staying away from STEM programs?

Here is the overview:

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Check out the study. The stat that gives me the most pause and I think is indicative of the root problem is the last point – where women who score high in STEM fields are still less likely to choose a STEM program than men who fared less well in the same classes.

Is it an issue of perception?Do young women equate engineering and computer science with anti-social, awkward loners and not with the opportunities to effect change in th world throughout these fields?   Is it because there are not enough role models in young women’s daily lives or in popular culture? Why?

I think it is a mix of many things, not to mention the centuries-old gender bias that has only recently (the last century is recent when talking about our society’s perception of gender) started to be deconstructed.

Either way you look at it, if women are to have a voice in our culture, they should have a hand in building it, whether it be a bridge, a pipeline or a virtual space online.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week and do an Hour of Code!

The Hour of Code is coming

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and over 30 languages. Ages 4 to 104.

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It sucks that Computer Science Education Week happens during our black out week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore on your own or take a workshop offered in Montreal!

The Apple store on St. Catherine street is giving short Hour of Code workshops for kids on Thursday after school.  There is also an introduction to Ruby (the language Clay Jannon uses to build his virtual 3D bookstore in Mr. Penumbra!) for girls aged 8-13 and their parents given by the wonderful women at Ladies Learning Code. This is happening tomorrow so if you are interested you should register now!

Don’t have time to attend a workshop? That’s okay! Take one of the amazing tutorials on the Hour of Code website. I highly recommend the Khan academy’s introduction to java script. It is fun, interactive and easy to follow!

How Many Lines Of Code Is That? – Edudemic

Did you know that the latest version of Google Chrome and the Mars Curiosity Rover take between 5-10 million lines of code?

Check out this cool article and infographic to see how much lines of code it takes to make apps, search engines, video games + more!

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From basic iPhone games to entire operating systems for computers, just how much code does it take to make our electronic lives happen? Just a fun, visual way of showing just how much coding is in our daily lives!

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