A coding curriculum for beginners and their teachers

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A coding curriculum for beginners and their teachersShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail articlePhys.org 
Microsoft has released a new computer science curriculum designed for teens who may not have expressed much interest in computer programming — and teachers who don't necessarily have any background in the field, either. The curriculum, called Creative Coding Through Games And Apps, is available for free to any educator who wants to use it. The course aims to encourage a wide range of students to explore computer science by teaching them to program and publish real apps and games.READ MORE 

More students taking AP physics, computer science examsShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail articleEducation Week 
Participation rates for Advanced Placement science exams — specifically physics and computer science — have risen sharply over the last year, according to data released Sept. 3 by the College Board. The number of students taking the physics test doubled between 2014 and 2015. The College Board, the nonprofit that administers the AP program, said that represents the largest annual growth in any AP course in history. "These numbers for the AP Physics course blew my socks off and gave me hope for the country," David Coleman, the president of the College Board, said in a webinar for reporters. READ MORE 

CodeNow launches #CodeHow videosShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail articleeSchool News 
CodeNow, a nonprofit focused on teaching underrepresented, diverse high school students how to code, is launching #CodeHow, an online video tutorial series designed specifically for teens and accessible for free on YouTube. #CodeHow is a series of short concept videos, 3 to 6 minutes in duration, that feature young CodeNow alumni explaining important programming and computer science concepts and ideas — for example, variables, arrays, if/else statements, and other introductory fundamentals. Each of the videos includes the most important aspects students should understand about a concept. READ MORE 

Study finds school children would rather learn coding than FrenchShare on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail articleDigital Journal 
A study of U.K. school children and parents has found most kids would rather be taught how to program than how to speak French. It follows the introduction of a compulsory computing curriculum by the government. READ MORE 

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