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Why all our kids should be taught how to code | Education | The Observer. What's missing from teaching computing in schools is a big vision.

Why all our kids should be taught how to code | Education | The Observer

Photograph: Alamy A vigorous debate has begun – within government and elsewhere – about what should be done about information and communication technology (ICT) in the school curriculum. Estonia’s plan to get 6 year olds coding is a stroke of genius. Teaching people to code is the new hotness: startups like Codecademy and Bloc are all about helping people learn to program quickly and easily online, and they have helped spawn a cultural movement lauded by the likes of Tim O’Reilly and Douglas Rushkoff.

Estonia’s plan to get 6 year olds coding is a stroke of genius

Some people are taking the idea a little further however. Just look at Estonia, the tiny Eastern European nation (population 1.3 million), where a new project is being put in place with the ambition of getting every six year old to learn coding at school. The “ProgeTiiger” scheme, according to reports, will begin pilots this year with the ambition of getting school kids of all ages to start coding. There’s no suggestion yet that the classes will be mandatory, but the organization behind the move the Tiger Leap Foundation, says it wants to produce more creative computer users.

Why Estonia Has Started Teaching Its First-Graders To Code. Teach U.S. kids to write computer code. Douglas Rushkoff says computer class must be about teaching kids to make tomorrow's software.

Teach U.S. kids to write computer code

Douglas Rushkoff: It's Computer Science Education Week, aimed at promoting digital literacyHe says we live in digital age but computer science not priority in schools; U.S. is lagging hereHe says digital literacy helps us see that kids are not Facebook's customers, but the productRushkoff: Critically thinking about digital media environments is a liberal art, teaches about world Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column for CNN.com. Six Reasons a Non-Computer Nerd Might Want to Learn to Code - Rebecca Greenfield. Though coder Jeff Atwood thinks coding isn't for non-computer geeks, we can think of a lot of reasons normals should learn computer language.

Six Reasons a Non-Computer Nerd Might Want to Learn to Code - Rebecca Greenfield

Atwood, on his blog Coding Horror, miffed by the "everyone should learn to code" meme, likens coding to plumbing. It's not for everyone. "Look, I love programming. I also believe programming is important … in the right context, for some people," he writes. Program or Be Programmed | The Play-i Blog. If you’ve not heard of Douglas Rushkoff, you must checkout his blog or read some of his thought provoking books.

Program or Be Programmed | The Play-i Blog

Rushkoff is an award winning digital media theorist and has written 10 books on the subject. He is also a digital literacy advocate for codecademy. As part of the Computer Literacy week activities, Douglas Rushkoff gave a talk to the members of Congress last December on the Value of Digital Literacy. I recently reread the arguments he presented for why US kids be taught programming at an early age. Teach U.S. kids to write computer code. Teach our kids to code e-petition. So after declaring that this would not become a personal mission for me in my post: year 8 is too late it has become a personal mission.

Teach our kids to code e-petition

The petition is appallingly written. In my defence it was a brutal, and random, word count; I had to keep removing chunks of copy and keep trying to submit it, until suddenly it worked (no the word count that it eventually allowed through bore no relation to the word count originally stated… bug?). Anyhow, this terrible prose means that many have tried to explain it through writing their own explanatory blog posts and I thought I had better have a bash at explaining the background better myself. What do I mean by code? The word coding is a slang term for computer programming, used because programming basically means writing source code.

Company - MGI Home. September 2012— Indonesia's fast-growing economy—propelled by powerful economic trends, including Asia's renaissance, rapid urbanization, and expanding population of young people—could become the world's 7th largest by 2030, up from 16th today.

Company - MGI Home

While the country's economic productivity has increased strongly over the past decade, it must rise by a further 60 percent to meet the government's target of 7 percent a year economic growth. more. McKinsey Quarterly: The Online Journal of McKinsey & Company. Articles by McKinsey Quarterly: Online business journal of McKinsey & Company. Business Management Strategy - Corporate Strategy - Global Business Strategy.

Future Trends | Globalchange.com. Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Future Trends, Economy, Markets, Keynote Speaker Media interview before Prime Minister's Global Forum in Latvia - Patrick Dixon's opening keynote at Riga International Leadership Summit Topics: global economy, social media, sanctions against Russia, future of Baltic companies, Scottish independence, green tech, altering the human race using biotech, intuition in business decisions, dangerous obsessions with shareholder value, and what companies will most succeed in tomorrow's world.

Future Trends | Globalchange.com

"Our world will be increasingly interconnected and we will see key examples where a single event has triggered a wide range of unexpected results. What's Next. Francis Fukuyama: Is China's Regime Next to Fall?

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The Future of Business: Drivers of Change and Skills to Hone. The University of Phoenix and Institute for the Future recently combined forces in order to produce the Future Work Skills 2020 report, examining what exactly propel's change and which skills we'll have to fine tune if we want to keep up.

The Future of Business: Drivers of Change and Skills to Hone

Game Changers and Skills IFTF’s foundational forecasts in areas such as education, technology, demographics, work, and health were mashed up with the findings from one of the University of Phoenix's recent workshops. During this workshop, the Phoenix team engaged experts in a number of group exercises to think through key drivers of change and how these will impact workplace skill requirements. According to the final report, the six major game changers are as follows: Future Exploration Blog | Our trend map for 2009: The vital Trends, Risks, and Red Herrings you must know. Global forces: An introduction - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Globalization. “I never think of the future,” Albert Einstein once observed.

Global forces: An introduction - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Globalization

“It comes soon enough.” Most business managers, confronted with the global forces shaping the business landscape, also assume that their ability to sculpt the future is minimal. They are right that they can do little to change a demographic trend or a widespread shift in consumer consciousness. But they can react to such forces or, even better, anticipate them to their own advantage. Ngram Viewer. Leetaru. News is increasingly being produced and consumed online, supplanting print and broadcast to represent nearly half of the news monitored across the world today by Western intelligence agencies. Recent literature has suggested that computational analysis of large text archives can yield novel insights to the functioning of society, including predicting future economic events.

Applying tone and geographic analysis to a 30–year worldwide news archive, global news tone is found to have forecasted the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, including the removal of Egyptian President Mubarak, predicted the stability of Saudi Arabia (at least through May 2011), estimated Osama Bin Laden’s likely hiding place as a 200–kilometer radius in Northern Pakistan that includes Abbotabad, and offered a new look at the world’s cultural affiliations. Along the way, common assertions about the news, such as “news is becoming more negative” and “American news portrays a U.S. Diagram of Emerging Institutions in Civilized Society. A.T. Kearney Global Management Consultants. The global environment of business: New paradigms for international management. Note: This article is based on a book by David W. Conklin entitled The Global Environment of Business: New Paradigms for International Management (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks California, 2011) The article consists of excerpts from an article with that title in Effective Executive, IUP Publications, Hyderabad, India, June 2011, pp.32-43.

Forces outside the firm’s traditional boundaries are increasingly important in determining the firm’s success. Com: Consumer trends and insights from around the world. Trends in the Living Networks. Trend map for 2010 and out to 2050. For the last few years Richard Watson of NowandNext has created annual trend maps based on city subway maps. This year he has been more ambitious, creating a highly detailed map with five time zones, ranging from 2010-2015 out to 2035-2050. For the previous three trend maps (shown at the bottom) I collaborated with Richard and we co-branded them with Future Exploration Network, however time pressures this year meant that I haven’t directly contributed to the 2010 map.

It is still as rich and glorious as ever – spend some time delving into the trends ahead! - Ageing.