All posts tagged: computer science

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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. I think one reason why females have not been attracted to Computer Science is because it is oftentimes seen as an all-boys club. What girl wants to be the only one on the class? I can see that. And traditionally, for whatever reason, the public face for Computer Science has been seen as predominantly male. Although if we dive deeper, we find that females have played a significant part in getting us to where we are today—they just don’t …

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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. But over the last few decades, our world had changed. You can send in a swab and get a DNA analysis in 2 weeks. Most people have more electronic gadgetry in their houses than the US Government had total in 1945. My phone can analyze my brainwaves while I sleep. Your wristwatch has more capacity than the computers that helped get us to the moon. We’ve gotten better at manufacturing, which means the quality and quantity of instruments, toys, tools, and gadgets are better, cheaper, and easier to …

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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….. What I mean by that is if we hear the word ‘biology” we at least know what discipline deals with. We know  one of the tools of biology is the microscope and we know that we’ll study plants and animals. And we took a class or two related to it. When we hear the word “math”, we know some of the concepts of math are addition, algebra, geometry, and even calculus. We know some of the tools of math are formulas, algorithms, calculators, and rulers.  And we took a …

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Tammy Dunbar: Taking Time to Teach Technology

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA Excitedly showcasing an Hour of Code activity for my grade level teachers, I was speeding through how one could easily project the website onto the classroom screen and model for students how to snap blocks of code in place, programming the Angry Bird’s journey through the maze to capture the Green Pig. When I looked up from my screen, expecting to see looks of amazement on their faces, I saw one of my colleague’s eyes glazing over. She was falling behind and beginning to tune out. “How do you know it has to go forward?” she asked. “And what does a naughty pig have to do with coding?”

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Abderrahmen Haddad: The Event that Changed My Life Forever!

by Abderrahmen Haddad Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia I have been teaching computer science at Ali Trad Pioneer Middle School in Tunisia for 8 years now. My story with education started at the age of 10 when I was a student in grade 3 and my mother was my teacher. I admired her a lot and discovered how dedicated she was to her job. It was really amazing to experience the way she expressed her feelings and respect towards her students. The inspiration I got from my mother motivated me to become a responsible and caring teacher. And today, I believe that teaching is the greatest profession of all times.

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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?  What options did you have? Stop using it. Try another program or buy another device. What you are experiencing is called being a consumer of technology.   It’s not a bad thing, in fact we need folks like that to use and buy the things that the “creators” make. That’s the difference: users vs creators. We need more creators.