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Apple launches Everyone Can Code to teach kids Swift. Education is "deep in our DNA", Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday, announcing a new initiative to teach children the Swift programming language. Called Everyone Can Code, the initiative relies on a curriculum built around Swift Playground, the application for budding developers that was unveiled at WWDC earlier this year. Since June, more than 100 schools and school districts around the world have committed to teaching the curriculum this fall, Cook said. Meanwhile, Apple is also participating in ConnectEd, a national initiative through which the government and tech companies are bringing technology to under-served schools.

Through this program, the Cupertino, Calif. "The program is having amazing results," Cook said. Want Your Kids to Build the Next Airbnb, Snapchat, or Uber? Teach Them This Skill. Forget learning to code: Every employee should know data analysis | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Gene Richardson, Experts Exchange. “Learn to code.” Around the world, it has been a familiar refrain. And the world has duly learned. Time was that the standard in-school computer education was little more than word processing, spreadsheets and some basic programming. When I taught at Cal Poly in the ’80s, undergrads all had to take my class in basic computing.

But today’s students, like my son who just graduated from UCLA, all take mandatory programmatic-centric classes. Economically motivated to churn out adults with the tools to write a future as a tech entrepreneur, education systems are transforming, from ones that major in “Office Products” and a smattering of Visual Basic, to ones that are more about Python or bust.

The federal government is pushing coding proficiency as an economic booster as well. While these initiatives may indeed create a capable army of future Zuckerbergs, what it doesn’t do at all is serve the majority of businesses in America. Schools just aren’t turning out people with the right skills. 1. Uk.businessinsider. B.C. announces funding to train teachers to teach coding | Vancouver Sun. B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced $6 million to train teachers to teach computer coding and the new provincial curriculum, the province announced Friday. Every student in B.C. will take one module of basic coding under B.C.’s new curriculum by the time they finish Grade 9. The announced funding includes $2 million for teacher training, specifically for the coding curriculum, another $2 million for the new curriculum generally and a further $2 million to purchase equipment and resources for coding.

“Coding and our new curriculum are connecting students with the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills they need to thrive — no matter what path they choose,” Clark said. American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong — Quartz. Today is the day we switch the system on. Am I nervous? Of course I am. There could be indexing failures, field mismatches, table schema conflicts, a Russian hack… I’m kidding. We know how to build these things. “He said to go in whenever you’re ready,” his secretary tells me. “How’s the interface?” He looks up and grins, and I notice how the grin etches sharp lines into his face. “It’s awesome,” he says. I smile. His eyes flick to the manila folder I’m holding, and then back to me. Ƒ Strange to think now that it’s been only seven years since Mark got the idea of being president. Of course, Trump made it easy for Mark. That quiet, calm place was Mark. Plus, Mark had the media. I went to a few of Mark’s early campaign pressers, and there was this hush in the room, a kind of thankful glow, like everyone had walked in off the streets where a civil war was raging and into the sanctuary of a church.

OK, so that’s how he got elected. But to get there, he had to be patient. Which we did. Please don’t learn to code. Basel Farag Crunch Network Contributor Basel Farag is an iOS Engineer (he thinks). Besides GPU processors, robits and AI, Basel enjoys learning about computer science, astronomy and philosophy. He was once referred to as "the Daft Punk of people," a phrase whose meaning eludes him to this day, but which he's pretty sure is a compliment. How to join the network There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. If you regularly pay attention to the cultural shenanigans of Silicon Valley, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Learn to Code” movement. There may be some truth to that, especially since the United States’ need for engineers shows no sign of slowing down.

But the picture is more complicated. We live in an ultra-competitive world, with people turning to all sorts of methods to make ends meet. Take coding bootcamps. Inexplicably, it is not just bootcamps and politicians encouraging people to learn to code. He became a champion. Really. Stop Teaching Programming, Start Teaching Computational Thought. School administrators and educators are currently zealous about the idea that every student should learn computer science. “Think about the world we live in now,” says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, “Hundreds of thousands of good jobs will be accessible to those with coding and other essential skills.”

I agree that everyone should learn to program, but I disagree with Mayor de Blasio’s motivations. You shouldn’t learn to program in order to get a good job. Learning to think computationally can give you a new way to understand and describe your world. Learning to program can make you a more expressive person. We express ourselves in many different forms, and each form has its core elements. Musicians rely on pitch, rhythm, and timbre. If you like to make things, you probably either design them with computers, or you put computers inside them. All of these statements embody computational thinking. Computational thinkers aren’t just programmers. Hackathons Aren’t Just for Coders. Facebook recently hosted its 50th hackathon. It was the stuff of Silicon Valley lore: Employees from across the company took a break from their regular projects to develop mind-blowing ideas about artificial intelligence over an intense 24-hour period. Late-night thinkers enjoyed a 1AM meal to refuel.

Inevitably, not all of the final pitches were winners but, to Facebook, the potential for uncovering groundbreaking innovations is worth pulling a couple hundred engineers away from their everyday tasks. After all, its past hackathons have given rise to wildly popular features, such as its instant messaging feature Facebook Chat and Instagram’s time-lapse tool Hyperlapse. Hackathons are no longer just for coders. Companies far outside the tech world are using these intense brainstorming and development sessions to stir up new ideas on everything from culture change to supply chain management. The teams spent part of each day talking to consumers on the street. Stoke the creative mindset. Learn How To Code For Free Using These Top 10 Coding Lesson Sites. Share on Pinterest In the past half a decade or so there has been a lot of concerted effort to make learning how to code a mainstream thing in the society. From boot camps, hackathons to push by civil societies to have coding become part and parcel of school’s curriculum.

As we wait for these efforts to yield fruit, does it mean you will wait until the day coding lessons become mainstream especially in our public education system? Well, you don’t have to, there are plenty of sites online that can teach you how to code, and the best part you don’t have to spend much to get the coding lessons. In fact, you don’t have to spend anything at all! If you are looking to learn how to code for free, the following ten sites will be invaluable to you: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. As we wait for government, policy makers and school’s administration to make coding a mainstream learning experience.

Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job. Looking for job security in the knowledge economy? Just learn to code. At least, that’s what we’ve been telling young professionals and mid-career workers alike who want to hack it in the modern workforce—in fact, it’s advice I’ve given myself. And judging by the proliferation of coding schools and bootcamps we’ve seen over the past few years, not a few have eagerly heeded that instruction, thinking they’re shoring up their livelihoods in the process. Unfortunately, many have already learned the hard way that even the best coding chops have their limits. More and more, "learn to code" is looking like bad advice. Coding Can’t Save You Anyone competent in languages such as Python, Java, or even Web coding like HTML and CSS, is currently in high demand by businesses that are still just gearing up for the digital marketplace. This trend is bound to increase.

It’s actually worse. Training Our Robo-Replacements High-Tech Unemployment. Should Computer Education Cover More Than Just Coding? : NPR Ed. Ammar Al-Kahfah plays with a stuffed "Baymax" toy at the Georgetown Hackathon in Washington, D.C. His team has wired it to move and to collect basic medical information. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption toggle caption LA Johnson/NPR Ammar Al-Kahfah plays with a stuffed "Baymax" toy at the Georgetown Hackathon in Washington, D.C.

His team has wired it to move and to collect basic medical information. LA Johnson/NPR President Obama wants kids to learn to code. "Now we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy," he said in his radio address on Jan. 30. And adults are looking to learn, too.

But computers are not just about coding. Lisa Singh, an associate professor at Georgetown University, stands behind that theoretical approach. Singh doesn't think that non-majors need to cover all of these concepts. Not everyone agrees. Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful? As noted in Edutopia's Multiple Intelligences brief, Harvard Professor Howard Gardner describes learning styles as how an individual approaches a range of tasks "categorized in different ways: visual/auditory/kinesthetic, impulsive/reflective, right brain/left brain, etc. Gardner calls learning styles 'a hypothesis of how an individual approaches a range of materials.'" Here we present the views of well-respected educators and researchers debating the limitations and utility of learning styles.

Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert A. Bjork Harold Pashler is a Professor of Psychology in the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California, San Diego. We concluded that any credible validation of learning-styles-based instruction requires robust documentation of a very particular type of experimental finding with several necessary criteria. Mark K. Mark Smith is a London-based researcher and educator at Developing Learning. David J.M. David J.M. Stephen Downes. 8 barriers to overcome when learning to code. While being a mentor for a JavaScript Web development course, I’ve seen many beginner programmers jump into learning with enthusiasm and then immediately hitting a wall. Most of the students usually struggle with the same barriers. But once they learn to overcome them, they get instant benefits: they enjoy the learning experience much morethey make progress fasterthey are more perseverant when getting stuck, thus giving up less easilythey are more independent when writing code So what are these barriers that I’m talking about and how can you overcome them?

Before digging into the barriers, I’d like to state how important your motivation is in the learning process. Don’t learn programming just for the sake of it, or because you’ve heard it’s cool and it pays well. Do it because you want to solve your own problems. If you simply like programming and want a career out of it, you might experience a strong urge to give up along the way. 2. 3.

A perfect analogy is swimming. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What Exactly Is Needed To Get Your Classroom Coding? In this episode, Jeff sits down with Todd Beard and Sam Patterson to learn how classrooms can take that first leap into the awesome world of Coding. Join us, as we dive into the Hour of Code and Beyond on TeacherCast Podcast 122.

About our Guest Todd Beard has been an educator since 2001 working with students in kindergarten through adulthood. Graduating from the University of Michigan with a focus in education, math, and language arts, he is an educator passionate about technology in learning. While teaching K-12th grade technology at the International Academy of Flint, Todd also led education policy initiatives, coached multiple robotics teams, and organized STEM camps. He is excited about collaborating with other professionals that are helping to prepare our students and teachers for the future. Thank You For Your Podcast Reviews Ask Me Your Podcasting or WordPress Question Are you interested in starting your own podcast?

Contact Me Check Out More TeacherCast Programming Need a Presenter? In Defense of Learning Code the Hard Way. It's the new year, which means many of us are making resolutions to be better, healthier, less-bad, or just generally more valuable human beings. One popular resolution is (again) learning to code. With an ever-multiplying field of e-learning websites, web dev bootcamps, and other for-profit entities invested in the teaching of coding, this is a continuous, relentless year-round push, but the New Year is a magic time for the cultivation of casual learners. Learn to code: It's easy! From edX: "Become the genius that designs, controls and powers the digital devices, websites, mobile apps and more that we interact with every day.

" It's tempting, right? I've taken several computer science and programming courses from edX, usually to brush up on something or to supplement a college class (and rarely to completion), and they were pretty great. So, it's all right there for the taking. No. Don't take that class. If you want to make websites, learn JavaScript eventually, but don't start with it. A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom. In case you haven’t been paying attention, computer science skills are vastly becoming some of the most in-demand skills of the twenty-first century.

In fact, some call it a new "superpower. " But there’s a problem. There are approximately 587,000 computing jobs nationwide, which is growing at 2x the national average, but only about 38,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce this year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by the year 2020, there will be one million more computer science jobs than graduates prepared for these jobs. Computer science is a primary driver of the U.S. economy, yet it does not (yet) play a significant role in K-12 education. Did you know that only 27 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation? CSEdWeek and Hour of Code arrive December 7-13th, and this annual event is bigger than ever. What are Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and Hour of Code? How to Run an Hour of Code. My Hour of Code 2015 Collection | doug --- off the record. With CodinGame, Learning To Code Becomes A Game. Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week | Edtech Opportunity | EdSurge.

Star Wars. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Some Useful Tutorials to Introduce Students to The Basics of coding. 12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free. Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources. 7 Excellent iPad Apps to Teach Students Coding and Programming. From almost no programming experience to live on the app store in ~6 months: Some things I learned : swift. 10 Simple Yet Useful Tips on Python Programming|eduCBA. Teach your kids (and yourself!) how to code with these iPad apps. Uk.businessinsider. Tynker- A Wonderful App for Teaching Students Coding and Programming Skills.

The Ultimate Programming Cheat Sheet List For Web Designers And Developers. Coding on iPads – Beginner to Pro. Welcome to Forbes. 021 - Coding in the Classroom with Vocareum. 8 barriers to overcome when learning to code. 8 barriers to overcome when learning to code. Kids who code: Why the App Store will soon be dominated by young developers. Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game. New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play. Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources. Code for Princeton | June 6-7th, 2015 | Princeton Public Library. Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources. Teaching coding in schools: absolutely necessary or another fad to waste teachers’ time?

Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education. An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools. Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn | Edutopia. Get 500 Free Books on Coding. No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children. Google, Raspberry Pi And O2 To Support UK Schools' Coding.

#KidsCanCode: Teaching Coding Without Tech. How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide. Teachers in diverse areas are learning how to promote programming. KB...Konnected. Big tech aims at talent shortage with 'Hour of Code' campaign.