- link making to curriculum that teachers are doing in the classroom
- not corporatize it with tests, common core alignment, accountability, structure (BUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH STRUCTURE?)
- make it not only the purview of middle/upper-class white kids and white teachers whose schools can afford laser cutters, drones, 3d printers.
Creative and fun “maker spaces” are popping up in more schools. But administrators and teachers face big hurdles if they want them to be a sustainable part of the curriculum.
Source: 3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY ‘Maker’ Culture Moves Into Schools : NPR Ed : NPR
Coding and writing are judged by many of the same standards: elegance, concision, even beauty.
Source: To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf – The New York Times
What are the real reasons to introduce kids to coding? A teacher reveals how coding can help your child be a better thinker, creator and problem-solver
Source: Top 5 REAL reasons to introduce kids to coding – MakerBlog
There’s value in recognizing and attending to the problems we struggle with; it not only provides an opportunity to learn, but also to become better calibrated in our predictions, says Tania Lombrozo.
Source: To Make Better Predictions, Don’t Stick With The Easy Stuff : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores new research on wild apes who throw stones at trees and cache them to use again — a behavior not seen and documented before and that some say may be ritual.
Source: Why Do Wild Chimpanzees Throw Stones At Trees? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
Computers are not just about programming. There’s also a lot of theory — and science — behind technology. Coding bootcamps often downplay theory, and some university programs are too heavy on it.
Source: Should Computer Education Cover More Than Just Coding? : NPR Ed : NPR
New software introduces programming skills to pre-readers. Is this 21st century literacy? Or too much, too soon?
Source: Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set : NPR Ed : NPR
Love this. First, Mitchel Resnick is the oracle. Second, PBS Kids is partnering with MIT/Scratch to get their characters into Scratch Jr.
This week, thousands of events around the world are encouraging computer-coding literacy. “Coding is really about creative self-expression and storytelling,” says Mitchel Resnick of MIT’s Media Lab.
Source: A Kids’ Coding Expert Says We’re Making Computer Class Way Too Boring : NPR Ed : NPR