Tag: Lifelong Learning

  • My favorite MOOC so far – Scratch Programming from edX

    My favorite MOOC so far – Scratch Programming from edX

    I feel like a real CS First “Guru” more than ever now! Our after-school Computer Club is exploring Scratch and Google CS First this year, so I was quick to sign up for the edX Scratch Programming course. I really enjoyed the workout this course gave my brain, but what impressed me the most were the parallels between this college […]

  • Discover Google CS First and Scratch – fun for all ages!

    Discover Google CS First and Scratch – fun for all ages!

    I am a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer keeping my brain sharp by serving as a Guru for the Jackson-Via Computer Club – Charlottesville’s first Google CS First after-school club.  Scratch is really a fun new language to learn — and the kids are always happy to help me.  Thanks, Google and Scratch! Learn more from this EdSurge […]

  • We are again enjoying Scratch coding at Jackson-Via

    We are again enjoying Scratch coding at Jackson-Via

    Our first spring 2015 after-school Computer Club meeting on Monday was a huge success.  We have some new enthusiasts joining a number of “old” members so we have a good environment for sharing and collaboration.  We are very happy to have this opportunity for joint inquiry, experimentation, and play! An interesting article from Harvard Magazine: The […]

  • Never too late to learn – Looking forward to Scratch Programing course from #edX

    After teaching an introductory course in computer programming with Java a few years ago, I am expecting that using Scratch will allow the concepts of computer coding to shine through without the annoyance of typing in the code in a text editor.  I think this edX course will be so much fun – and maybe I will […]

  • Taylor Swift may not write computer code, but these girls do – The Washington Post

    … This is where it begins, where girls have aisles and aisles of pink toys and clothes and phones and computers shoved down their throats and are made to believe that technology is something they consume — not create. via Taylor Swift may not write computer code, but these girls do – The Washington Post.

  • Why Women Stopped Coding | Seems odd to me, but probably true!

    Why Women Stopped Coding | Seems odd to me, but probably true!

    I was very interested in the NPR article quoted below because it answers a question I have long pondered: Why aren’t there  more female programmers? During my 10 years as an IT professional, I never played computer games for very long. Why? Because there were so many things that I could learn about and build, so playing games […]