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White House announces boost to computer science education

The Hill – Ali Breland

“The White House announced on Monday new initiatives to bolster computer science in K–12 education. Citing the rapidly expanding demand for technology jobs, the Obama administration outlined new efforts by two federal agencies: The National Science Foundation plans to spend $20 million on computer science education in 2017, on top the the $25 million it spent in 2016, with an emphasis on training teachers.”(more)

Kick off your Hour of Code with Minecraft’s help

E-School News – Staff Writer

“Just in time for Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, Microsoft Corp. and have unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for students and educators. The Hour of Code is an annual global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, which this year runs Dec. 5–11.”(more)

10 Hour of Code and computer science resources

E-School News – Laura Ascione Devaney

“Every year in December, students and teachers have a chance to participate in nationwide computer science and coding activities during Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week, running from Dec. 5-11, is sponsored by the Computing in the Core coalition and is organized by This year, the event is even more significant–after intensive work, and partners launched the K-12 Computer Science Framework to help more students access programming opportunities.”(more)

The Case for STEM Education in Cybersecurity

Inside Sources – Lauren Willison

“Our growing dependence on the internet and the convenience of technology is not without its challenges. From smart phones and online banking to passwords, attackers are constantly trying to steal sensitive data and cripple systems. That’s driving the rising demand for highly trained cybersecurity professionals, especially as our digital economy becomes more complex. Here are four reasons why an education focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is beneficial to cybersecurity:.”(more)

Is the internet killing our brains?

The Guardian – Dean Burnett

“Throughout history, people have always worried about new technologies. The fear that the human brain cannot cope with the onslaught of information made possible by the latest development was first voiced in response to the printing press, back in the sixteenth century. Swap “printing press” for “internet” and you have the exact same concerns today, regularly voiced in the mainstream media, and usually focused on children. But is there any legitimacy to these claims? Or are they just needless scaremongering? There are several things to bear in mind when considering how our brains deal with the internet.”(more)

Inspiring Math Learning Through Coding

The Huffington Post – Kara Mulder

“For too many teachers and parents, computer coding may be the equivalent to Klingon; a complex language in which only the bravest (which in this context means ‘nerdiest’) among us know. However, for those bold enough to go where the majority of instructors and students circumvent, coding can be a great vehicle for inspiring a greater degree of learning within the study of mathematics and beyond.”(more)