It can be hard to tell whether what’s in the box will encourage development or just be a waste of time.
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There's a spectrum of quality when it comes to what kids can do with screen time. An expert in early childhood technology suggests picking tech activities that promote problem-solving and fun.
Truly learning to code involves more than episodic experiences. Students should ideally develop a ‘coding mindset.’
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Learning to code is often presented as a solution to job market problems of the 21st century, but are students really learning the competencies they will need?
Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with colours and shapes?
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Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
Beebots are robots that kids can easily program, with direct feedback seen in where the robot goes.
Toys and games that involve friends and family members are more than just fun: they can foster new skills, challenge children to work in a team and encourage thinking and idea development.
It might be too soon to say that smart contracts will do away with lawyers all together.
Consider, for a moment, these two statements from the “Ultimate Guide to Understanding Blockchain Smart Contracts” on a well known Blockchain website: 1) Traditional Contracts “Traditional physical contracts…
Girls who can, code.
How the geek effect and a sexist games industry is putting girls off a career in computing.
Apple-developed lessons help students learn to code on the same device the code will be used on.
If you're creating an app for an iPad, then why not create it on an iPad too. Is Apple's Swift move to do this just another step towards the end of the personal computer?
‘All Greek to me, mate.’
When we ditched high-school Latin we lost a great intellectual training. Here's how to get it back without resorting to a dead language.
Too many girls are opting out of IT in school so we need to make it more mainstream.
Too many girls are missing out on learning IT and computer programming skills that could serve them well in the future economy.
Coding has become a core part of the curriculum.
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The influence of private interests in English schools is on the up.
Rural schools don’t always have the latest tech.
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The Government changed the curriculum in 2014 so that all school children would be taught coding, but two years on this is far from reality.
A 360 of a hackathon in full flight.
Hackathons are all the rage, but if the participants follow through on the results, they can be a powerful instrument for generating innovation.
What do students miss when they access the Internet only through mobile devices?
A third of families living below poverty level access the Internet only through their phones. And young people from these families get access to few learning opportunities.
More science, maths, coding and more modern assessment measures: what a 21st-century education looks like.
Turnbull has said his government is committed to being one "of the 21st century”. So what could that mean for education?
Coding: it’s just another language to learn at school.
Computer coding should be thought of as teaching children another language. If they get the basics right at an early age, who knows where their new-found language skills can take them.
With automation a real threat to future jobs, school curricula have to keep up with the times.
In a report released this week, the Foundation for Young Australians claims that up to 70% of young people are currently preparing for jobs that will no longer exist in the future.
It’s all just data – how can it be prejudiced?
Math isn’t prejudiced, goes the argument. But these arithmetic programs can learn bias from the data fed into them by human beings, leading to unfair treatment and discrimination.
Sources close to the code.
Software freebies can help businesses grow, innovate and attract staff -- assuming they've worked out how to protect against the dangers.
Teaching children to code is nothing new but does that teach them enough about the IT industry.
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Teaching children to code with computers is only part of the challenge to preparing people for a career in the IT industry. But it can also do more harm that good in some cases.
Programs like Hour of Code introduce computer programming to students in an engaging manner.
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If we want students to be well prepared for the 21st century, then we should be teaching coding in school.