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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

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

Doug Bergman: Changing of the Nerd

by Doug Bergman
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Finally being a nerd is cool. Being a nerd is marketable, profitable, and even sexy.

There was a time where access to electronic and digital tools was just not possible. There was a time where obtaining information was not something you or I could reasonably do; the cost of gadgets and digital equipment was so high that only elite scientists and large corporations could afford it. The world of science, research, and discovery was just not possible for the layman.… Visit the author's original post

Doug Bergman: Hour of Code

by Doug Bergman
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

What an exciting time to be alive and in Computer Science!

Ahh yes….Computer Science…..but I bet many of you do not know what Computer Science really is?

Surprisingly, most of the world does not have a real understanding of what Computer Science is.

“….What?! Sure we do. Of course we do. We hear it all the time. We took typing classes in high school and  classes on spreadsheets and word processing and desktop publishing…We know what it is!…….”

Uhm….no…..… Visit the author's original post

Doug Bergman: The Value of and Need for Computer Science

by Doug Bergman Expert Educator Columnist, USA How many times have you been using an app on your phone and it did not work quite like you wanted? How many times have you been with your friends and someone said, “They should make an app for that”? How many times have you complained about the location and functions of the buttons on your smartphone? How many times has the software program you are using not been able to do what you wanted—or worse –you just could not figure it out?  … Visit the author's original post