Category Archives: computer science

A spirited teacher reshapes the computer science classroom for 21st-century makers

Doug Bergman believes computer science is changing. In his view, it’s no longer reserved just for students who want to work in technology. Doug knows a basic understanding of computer science will enable his students to solve tomorrow’s problems in just about any career they choose.

That’s why, as the computer science instructor at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, Doug invites tiny drones, talking robots, augmented reality and other pieces of the future right into the classroom, encouraging his students to become skilled, 21st-century creators.… Visit the author's original post

“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt
Instructional Technology Specialist
Newman International Academy of Arlington
Arlington, Texas USA
@jasonthegodman 

Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming in C# with Visual Studio 2015, this year alone, he has effectively rolled out school-wide programs using OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, and Skype for Business.

But one student in particular has made a major impact on Holt’s teaching – and his life.… Visit the author's original post

Catapulting school students into space with Cuberider

If the idea of sending something into space on a rocket to the International Space Station seems like a far-out concept, you’d probably not be alone in your thinking.

However, two people passionate about space, science and technology have made this reality for over 1000 Australian high school students. In 2016, Solange Cunin and Sebastian Chaoui launched the Cuberider learning program with the aim of turning STEM into an  exciting, creative and highly collaborative exercise.  The program gives young students practice in the highly sought-after skills they’ll need for their future careers, such as coding, data analysis and critical thinking.… Visit the author's original post

“Attention schools around the country: it is crucial that you redefine what you consider to be your CORE subjects. Computer Science and programming must be an integral part of education at all levels.” – Doug Bergman, USA   

Doug Bergman
Computer Science Department Chair
Porter-Gaud School
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
@dbergmanusa

Doug Bergman has contributed to Daily Edventures numerous times since we launched the blog in 2012, and while he always has something new to say, his overall message hasn’t changed. Computer science, Bergman says, deserves an important place in education.

“We need people who are not afraid to dive deep into technology,” Bergman says. “Gone are the days where those people are the nerds — in the decades to come, those people will be the leaders.… Visit the author's original post

Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

The following post is written by Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess. If you’d like to join a BBC micro:bit Twilight Session near Renfrewshire, please follow the registration link at the bottom of this post.


Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using the BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration between Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council.… Visit the author's original post

“I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.” – Pamela Orbison, computer science teacher, USA

Pamela Orbison

Business, Finance, IT and Computer Science Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

Rowan Salisbury Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Pam Orbison (@CLMS_CTE on Twitter

How one teacher manages testing pressure

“It seems that a score on a test determines the current educational measure of success.  I have had students in my class crying because they feel so much pressure to meet a certain standard (even on pre-tests). I realized that these scores have the potential to cause students to define themselves according to their score.… Visit the author's original post

HackingSTEM: Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes

Happy Computer Science Education Week!

Millions of students worldwide are in the process of discovering the possibilities of instructing machines to accomplish tasks. Whether completing the Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, or watching a Pixar In a Box episode on Khan Academy, the spirit of discovery, experimentation and the art of Computer Science is celebrated while students build core 21st century software engineering skills.

This month, the Education Workshop has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences and KQED to combine coding with mechanical engineering and data science to empower students to use computational thinking to experience how engineers and computer scientists are working together to mitigate the impact of earthquakes.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching students to code: New resources bring creative coding and computational thinking to your classroom

Learn how to unlock your students' creative coding potential!Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.

All of that changes with Microsoft’s Creative Coding with Games and Apps (CCGA) curriculum, training and resources. These new tools promote the development of computational thinking skills, and get your students excited about computer science by teaching them how to code in a real software development environment as they design, program and publish mobile apps and games.… Visit the author's original post

Get students hooked on coding this summer with YouthSpark camps

This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.

Featured camps include:

 Kodu Makerspace Kodu Makerspace. Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, four-day camp for beginners ages 8 to 11.
 Learn to Code Flatverse Learn to Code Flatverse. Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp for kids ages 12 and older.
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Summer school for educators: Find online courses from Microsoft to advance your professional development over the summer

Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom.

With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to discover new approaches, try new learning activities, and explore strategies to add to your teaching toolbox with a full suite of professional development opportunities.

Here are just a few training programs that can help enrich your teaching.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

In case you missed it on the One Microsoft Blog, here are some major announcements coming from Microsoft at the BETT Show! - We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Top three tips for using Minecraft to spark critical thinking in your classroom

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, who is an Instructional Coach, shares how Minecraft, a game recognized by millions around the world, helps students think critically, collaborate, and communicate. Read tips on how teachers can use Minecraft in the classroom to help students build the all-important 21st century skills.

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Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, math, history or science. As an educator, you canbring an Hour of Code into your classroom. Read more.

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The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.

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Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on after school activities  however there are many schools nationwide doing pioneering work in this space also.… Visit the author's original post

Satya Nadella visits Eastlea Community School to see how students are using the BBC micro:bit

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Last week during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's visit to the UK for Future Decoded, he paid a visit to Eastlea Community School to meet with staff and students and see how they have been inspired into coding and creativity by the BBC micro:bit.

Speaking on the day, he said:

“I hope for sure that it becomes a worldwide phenomena – where the product, but more importantly the ingenuity that I saw today in the kids that I met today, is the thing that I think will become worldwide in terms of really inspiring every kid to get out there and learn coding and to express themselves in ways that are so, so creative”

Joining Satya was the BBC's Director General, Lord Tony Hall, and as well as impressing both with their computational thinking and programming, the students at Eastlea turned their hand to broadcast journalism by creating the following video as part of the BBC News School Report:

But the fun didn't end there for the students, as later that day they travelled to Future Decoded where they took up residence of the Microsoft in Education stand to demonstrate to the other attendees how they had used TouchDevelop to program their BBC micro:bits to be able to do all sorts of innovative and wonderful things.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things - creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.

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EU Code Week

We live in an increasingly digital age. To thrive and succeed, all Europeans, particularly the young, need new skills, resources and training in the area of computer science. European policymakers have an essential role to play in advancing awareness of the value of digital skills and ensuring education systems focus on developing them. But they cannot do this without experiencing the transformative power of technology for themselves.

Read how the #EUDojo event gave Members of the European Parliament the opportunity to prepare for this year's EU Code Week.… Visit the author's original post

Welcome to the BBC Micro:Bit

Its 1982 and its the year of Information Technology,   the BBC Model B is the must have computer device for a generation of students getting their head around the idea of ‘programming a computer’.   As a student of the 80’s one of my favourite programmes was the BBC’s ‘The Computer Programme’ with people like Ian McNaught-Davis and Chris Searle taking people on a journey into the technology ahead.

Those students like myself had come from days of building Lego, possibly playing Pong on a Binatone games console, so the idea of the technology, and especially the idea of programming a computer was a real fascination.… Visit the author's original post

Welcome to the BBC Micro:Bit

Its 1982 and its the year of Information Technology,   the BBC Model B is the must have computer device for a generation of students getting their head around the idea of ‘programming a computer’.   As a student of the 80’s one of my favourite programmes was the BBC’s ‘The Computer Programme’ with people like Ian McNaught-Davis and Chris Searle taking people on a journey into the technology ahead.

Those students like myself had come from days of building Lego, possibly playing Pong on a Binatone games console, so the idea of the technology, and especially the idea of programming a computer was a real fascination.… Visit the author's original post

Welcome to the BBC Micro:Bit

Its 1982 and its the year of Information Technology,   the BBC Model B is the must have computer device for a generation of students getting their head around the idea of ‘programming a computer’.   As a student of the 80’s one of my favourite programmes was the BBC’s ‘The Computer Programme’ with people like Ian McNaught-Davis and Chris Searle taking people on a journey into the technology ahead.

Those students like myself had come from days of building Lego, possibly playing Pong on a Binatone games console, so the idea of the technology, and especially the idea of programming a computer was a real fascination.… Visit the author's original post

Attend the CS50 AP Bootcamp at Harvard University

What: Harvard's CS50 AP Bootcamp
Where
: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
When: Wednesday, August 5 - Friday, August 7
Cost: No cost for bootcamp. Participants responsible for travel/expenses.
Questions? Please email ap@cs50.harvard.edu.
Registration and more information

Educators: 

Harvard University's CS50, in conjunction with Microsoft, is thrilled to make available an amazing learning opportunity for secondary school educators interested in teaching a secondary school edition of the wildly successful CS50 course in their own classrooms this fall. This special event will be hosted at Harvard University on August 5th - 7th. 

Hosted by Harvard Professor and course creator David J.… Visit the author's original post

Award Winning Program Teaches Students Valuable STEM Skills While Also Serving the IT Needs of the School

Louis Zulli was part of the team who created a unique computer and technology learning program for high school students which began in 1990—and a quarter of a century later, he’s still pushing hard for alternatives in teaching that can help...(read more)Visit the author's original post

A Special Invitation | Attend Harvard’s CS50 Educator Bootcamp

What: Harvard's CS50 Educator Bootcamp
Where
: Microsoft Corporate Headquarters, Redmond, WA
When: Thursday, June 25 – Friday, June 26
Cost: No cost for bootcamp. Participants responsible for travel/expenses.
Questions? Contact CS50@microsoft.com

Educators: 

I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to attend the CS50 Introduction to Computer Science Educator Bootcamp on June 25-26 in Redmond, Washington—a special opportunity to bring Harvard University’s wildly successful introductory computer science course to your secondary school classroom this fall.… Visit the author's original post

The Journey to the 2015 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

In the next decade, 77% of jobs will require some degree of technology skills-a requisite not only for IT-centric roles, but for jobs in traditionally 'analog' business roles, such as sales, marketing and management. The question is, will today's students bring the communication, collaboration and productivity skills needed to the 21st century workforce?

For thousands of students participating in the 2015 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships, the answer is a resounding 'yes.'

 Entering its fourteenth year, the global Microsoft Office competition provides a platform for students to test and showcase their skills on Microsoft Office applications.

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The Journey to the 2015 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Entering its fourteenth year, the global Microsoft Office competition provides a platform for students to test and showcase their skills on Microsoft Office applications.  Learn more.

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Give students a head start in computer science studies and careers

Interest in computer science amongst incoming college freshmen is surging to record levels. That’s promising news given the widely-reported shortfall of code-literate graduates to fill computing jobs, with an projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020. Now academic institutions face a time-sensitive resource gap: responding to student demand for computer science curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill the demand for future jobs.

Bring Computer Science to your Classroom

To help meet demand at your school, Microsoft IT Academy has expanded its Computer Science curriculum with engaging and flexible learning tools that guide any student from foundational computer science concepts to advanced programming.… Visit the author's original post

Doug Bergman: STEM- No Longer an All-Boys Club

by Doug Bergman
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Congratulations to hundreds of girls around the country who have just been recognized by NCWIT( National Council for Women in Technology) at the national and state level for their accomplishments and participation in Computer Science. In my state of South Carolina, 5 of the 12 awards were our Porter-Gaud girls! We are very proud!

I am so honored to be part of a Computer Science program that values having females as integral members. In my first year teaching at Porter-Gaud there were exactly ZERO females in my advanced classes.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post by Michael Braun, Instructional Coach for Technology in Public Schools: Improving Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

Over the last 5 years, thousands of volunteers from the tech industry have brought their technical knowledge and real-world experiences directly to students in more than 130 schools across the US. Read how computer science teacher Michael Braun brought learning to life as part of the Microsoft Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, a non-profit being incubated as part of Microsoft YouthSpark. 

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