With the democratization of computing in the early 1980s, the question of teaching it at school came up regularly. The first mention of IT in school curricula dates from 1985, with the aim of making CM1 and CM2 students understand its impact on society and its basic principles. This is how the LOGO language , developed at MIT, appeared in schools […] … learn more→
Tag Archives: computer science
Computer science in the classroom: is the code still on the agenda?
Computer science jobs pay well and are growing fast. Why are they out of reach for so many of America’s students?
When it comes to the digital divide, often the focus is on how lack of internet service and basic technology will hurt students’ academic performance. This is particularly true during the pandemic, when most schools are operating online. But as a STEM educator at one of the nation’s elite historically Black colleges, I see another negative effect of the […] … learn more→
Computer science now counts as math credit in most states – is this a good idea?
In 2013, a who’s who of the tech world came together to launch a new nonprofit called Code.org. The purpose of the organization was to get more computer science into schools. Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates donated millions of dollars to the group. According to the organization’s last annual report, Code.org spent more than US$91 million between 2013 and 2018. Of […] … learn more→
Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech
Often when I speak with students who are majoring in computer sciences, many of them tell me that they have never taken a computer science course until college. This is especially true for the female, black, and Latino students I’ve spoken with as a computer science professor. But newly released data from the College Board suggests […] … learn more→
Why girls have abandoned computer science
This is a fact that is obvious to any organizer of post-baccalaureate orientation or open days in engineering school: boys are far more likelythan girls to hurry around booths dedicated to the trades of digital . One might think that it has always been so. Moreover, this state of affairs is anchored in mentalities, the figure of the “geek” still […] … learn more→
Students need IT skills to compete in the new economy
By 2026, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent over what it was in 2016. Jobs in these fields will require skills in cloud computing, big data collection and storage, information security and more. As I argue in a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Monetary Economics with Giovanni Gallipoli, these information technology – […] … learn more→
The Computer scientist “shortage”
Although there is a Ph.D. glut for much of higher education, there is one field where there’s something of a shortage: computer science. A recent article on Inside Higher Ed highlights the immense cluelessness of the “leaders” which led to this situation, although the author of the article seems to miss this detail: System Crash […] … learn more→
Coding the curriculum: new computer science GCSE fails to make the grade
Despite computing education in UK schools going through a massive revolution over the past few years to try and make it more relevant to our increasingly technology driven lives, the new GCSE in computer science has failed to attract much interest from students. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only […] … learn more→