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Comparing Textual and Block Interfaces in a Novice
Programming Environment

"Visual, block-based programming environments present an
alternative way of teaching programming to novices and
have proven successful in classrooms and informal learning
settings. However, few studies have been able to attribute
this success to specific features of the environment. In this
study, we isolate the most fundamental feature of these environments,
the block interface, and compare it directly to
its textual counterpart. We present analysis from a study
of two groups of novice programmers, one assigned to each
interface, as they completed a simple programming activity.
We found that while the interface did not seem to affect
users’ attitudes or perceived difficulty, students using the
block interface spent less time off task and completed more
of the activity’s goals in less time."
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It's not all about blocks vs. text, an important and often neglected property is interactive feedback:

"Scratch is also notable for its use of executable program fragments. Scratch programs can be built in small chunks, and any piece of Scratch code can be individually executed, with its effects immediately visible."
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Sowing the Seeds: A Landscape Study on Assessment in Secondary Computer Science Education

"This study summarizes what is known about assessment of student learning in high school Computer Science (CS) in the United States (US), reports on the results of the landscape study, and concludes with recommendations for advancing the state of assessment in K–12 CS. With support from Google, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Assessment Task Force conducted a study of secondary school educators to determine the state of computer science education assessment and how teachers assess student learning in their computer science classrooms. Based on interviews with computer science practitioners, we found that teachers use a variety of formative and summative assessment techniques, but also face a number of challenges finding valid and reliable assessments to use in their classrooms. "

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This is a follow on from Carrie Anne's interview for #CASTV  at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlYOJSlM0Ac
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Miles Berry. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Interview for TED with Linus Torvalds

"Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. "I'm perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds ... but I'm looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that's right in front of me before I fall in."
Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. "I'm perfectly h...
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"I was created to showcase some of the new capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. These new capabilities are the result of years of research advancements (some of them summarized here). Specifically, I use Computer Vision and Natural Language to describe contents of images. I am still learning, so sometimes I get things wrong."
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"This paper describes previous research on flowcharts
and a series of controlled experiments to test the
utility of detailed flowcharts as an aid to program composition, comprehension, debugging, and modification.
No statistically significant difference between flowchart
and nonflowchart groups has been shown, thereby calling
into question the utility of detailed flowcharting. A
program of further research is suggested. "


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"A programme of further research is suggested" is the final sentence in every academic paper ever, whether explicit or implicit. Money-grubbing b******s all...
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Teaching graph algorithms to children of all ages

"We report on our experiences in teaching graph theory and
algorithms to school children, aged 5 to 17. Our objectives
were to demonstrate that children can discover quite
complex mathematical concepts, and are able to work with
abstractions and use computation reasoning from quite an
early age. We provide details of our incremental approach,
which can be used with students of a wide range of abilities.
Also, we comment on the importance of problem based
learning where the algorithms are presented as possible solutions
to games or puzzles. Finally, we conclude with a
number of important observations with regard to the introduction
of computer science into schools."
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Teaching Programming with Computational and Informational Thinking

"In this paper, while acknowledging and building on the strengths of CT, I argue that understanding the form and structure of information should be primary in any pedagogy of programming."
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21st Century Learning Design Rubrics

"Educators globally are working to design new models of learning that better prepare learners
for life and work in the 21st Century. The purpose of the 21st Century Learning Design rubrics
is to help educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities give
students to build 21st century skills. These rubrics were developed and tested internationally
for the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research project. "
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Agile schools

"“We talk a lot in education about creating a culture of learning in our schools. But we don’t have reliable ways of creating this culture. Agile does.”

This attitude is what has led education leaders, including Peha, to develop the Agile Schools Manifesto, an adaptation of the Agile Manifesto that can be followed by teachers and administrators for greater educational achievement.

The values of the Agile Schools Manifesto are as follows:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Meaningful learning over the measurement of learning
Stakeholder collaboration over complex negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

In 2013 there was a lot of talk about “coding the curriculum.” English instructors were considering using code to teach poetry, Global History departments were planning to have students design code-based interactive graphs to correlate with their research papers, drama instructors were interested in experimenting with live-coding performances, where students would use software to compose... Read More
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Code Hunt - Java and C#

"Code Hunt is a serious gaming platform for coding contests and practicing programming skills. It is based on the symbolic white box execution engine, Pex. Code Hunt is unique as an online coding platform in that each puzzle is presented with test cases only, no specification. Players have to first work out the pattern and then code the answer. Code Hunt has been used by over 100,000 players as of February 2015."

See also http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/codehunt/
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Github for academics:

In his article, “Open-source Scholarship”, Kris Shaffer argues that the open-source software model has lessons to offer the academic community. Here, Kris demonstrates how a scholar can put open-source philosophy into practice using a specific tool developed by and for the community: GitHub.

In his article, “Open-source Scholarship”, Kris Shaffer argues that the open-source software model has lessons to offer the academic community. Here, Kris demonstrates how a scholar can put open-source philosophy into practice using a specific tool developed by and for the community: GitHub. One of the chief goals of liberal education is the creation and... Read More
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Github is just SO opaque, jargon-ridden - and IMHO only for the committed geeky developer. Any non-programmer who attempts to use Github like this also runs great risk of being 'committed'. I'd rather stab my own eyes - presumably with my own fork?
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Principal lecturer in computing education at University of Roehampton.
Introduction

Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. He lectures on primary undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training programmes as well as working with masters students. His research interests include the role of online communities in professional formation and development, informal learning and the pedagogies of computer science education. He is a former chair of Naace, the ICT subject association, and continues to serve on its board of management; he is a member the management board of Computing At School and the steering groups for the UK Forum on Computing Education. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.

Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including: CAS's computer science curriculum, the national curriculum computing programmes of study, the CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teachers, training of CAS Master Teachers, Rising Stars Switched on Computing, an e-book on computer science for Microsoft Education, Barefoot Computing, and Code Club Pro's training materials.

He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology nationwide and also has a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.

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Former chair of Naace, management board for Computing at School, chatered fellow of the BCS, fellow of the RSA, ADE.
Education
  • Churchill College, Cambridge
    Mathematics, 1987 - 1991
  • University of Leicester
    Education Leadership, 2001 - 2006
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