Stemettes Women Shift Digital / Keynote by Anne-Marie Imafidon

Great Keynote talk by Anne-Marie Imafidon* @WomenShiftDigi featuring my little girls computing groups as a great example on how to engage young girls in STEM @aimafidon

Women Shift Digital / Keynote by Anne-Marie Imafidon from body>data>space on Vimeo.

*Anne-Marie Imafidon (born 1990) is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy.[1] She is one of the youngest to pass two GCSEs in two different subjects while in primary school. She passed two GCSE Examinations (in Mathematics and Information technology) at the age of 11.

Gove: ‘Students studying ICT might as well learn to send a telex’

Gove opens BETT 2014 by claiming ‘Students studying ICT might as well learn to send a telex’

The TES site has a great article on how Michael Gove has branded teaching about word processing and spreadsheets in schools about as useful as making students learn “how to send a telex”, despite the fact that tens of thousands of students currently study the subject.

The education secretary dismissed the previous ICT curriculum as being “obsolete”, even though the most recent figures on the number of students sitting ICT at GCSE had gone up last year.

The comments have left experts concerned that the continuing attack on ICT by the politician has lumbered students with an effectively worthless qualification.

Full article:

http://news.tes.co.uk/news_blog/b/weblog/archive/2014/01/22/gove-students-studying-ict-might-as-well-learn-to-use-a-39-telex-39.aspx

Microsoft to discount xbox and train 160,000 primary school teachers for new Computing curriculum

Microsoft to discount xbox and train 160,000 primary school teachers for new Computing curriculum

Microsoft to train 160,000 Teachers
Microsoft to train 160,000 Teachers

Microsoft is implementing a new training program designed to help primary school teachers prepare for the introduction of Computing onto the curriculum in September 2014.

The ‘First Class Computing’ program will help 160,000 non-specialist primary school teachers learn the necessary skills to be able to teach Computing in schools and delivers this through a series of road shows and the introduction of new materials to ensure teachers are ready.
“We welcomed the news of the new Computing curriculum alongside others in the industry because it is absolutely critical for the future success of our young people. The challenge now is to ensure that primary teachers are equipped to deliver it by September,” says Steve Beswick, Senior Director of Education, Microsoft UK.

Read more:
http://www.itproportal.com/2014/01/20/microsoft-training-160000-primary-school-teachers-computing-ahead-curriculum-change/

Video Game in a Cardboard Box – using a Teagueduino board

It’s a Video Game in a Cardboard Box – using a Teagueduino board

Adam Kumpf made it using a Teagueduino and a few inputs and outputs to put together a physical side-scrolling video game. To control it, there’s a knob on the side. As time advances the game gets faster and faster

The complete source code is available on teagueduino.org

Google Engineer Says Vietnamese 11th Graders Know Enough Computer Science to Pass Their Interview Process

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Zac aged 4 gets to grips with a Raspberry Pi

Great article over on good.is featuring Google Engineer Neil Fraser

“By grade 4,” writes Google engineer Neil Fraser, Vietnamese students, “start programming in Logo. Starting with sequences of commands, then progressing to loops.” And “By grade 5 they are writing procedures containing loops calling procedures containing loops,” he says.

Fraser also says 5th graders in Vietnam are so skilled, they can do the same programming 11th graders in the U.S. can do, which means that the 11th graders in Vietnam significantly outpace their American peers. Indeed, they’re skilled enough, says Fraser, to succeed in Google’s interview process.

Full article here: http://www.good.is/posts/google-engineer-says-vietnamese-11th-graders-know-enough-computer-science-to-pass-their-interview-process

Intel Edison: The SD Card Sized Computer with Wifi and Bluetooth

Intel Edison
Intel Edison

Intel Edison: The SD Card Sized Computer with Wifi and Bluetooth

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has revealed the company’s vision for wearable computing – and at its core is an SD-card sized PC called Edison.

Edison is based on Quark technology, the tiny, low-power system-on-a-chip that was designed for wearable computers, such as smart watches, and the Internet of Things.

Read more: Intel Edison: an SD-card sized PC for wearable computing | News | PC Pro http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/386362/intel-edison-an-sd-card-sized-pc-for-wearable-computing#ixzz2pi01midw