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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that … Continue reading Introducing Programming to Preschoolers →

Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

TB Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. While most schools do recognize the importance of helping students learn how to use new technologies, you’ll still find scant opportunities in K-12 classes for students to learn how to actually build those … Continue reading Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12? →

Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

Within the first 60 days of its release, Microsoft sold some eight million Kinects, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (beating out the iPad and the VCR). For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Kinect is a sensor input device for the popular Xbox gaming console that allows gamers to … Continue reading Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect →

Why Should Fifth Graders Learn to Program?

By Sheena Vaidyanathan “I think I fixed it, can I upload my program?” “Can you test my app?” “I just need to add a help menu.” These are not remarks at a Silicon Valley technology startup, but from an animated conversation in a classroom of 10- and 11-year-olds in the Los Altos School District in … Continue reading Why Should Fifth Graders Learn to Program? →

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