Computer Science Today
Jun. 18, 2015

San Francisco votes to expand computer science education across all grades
Ars Technica
Within a few years, every single student in the San Francisco Unified School District will be studying computer science, at all grade levels. The city's Board of Education unanimously approved the measure during its weekly meeting. "Information technology is now the fastest growing job sector in San Francisco, but too few students currently have access to learn the Computer Science skills that are crucial for such careers," Board President Emily Murase said in a statement.More

Computer science education bill gets Washington governor's signature, establishes funding and standards for teaching programming
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1813 into law. The law establishes K-12 education standards for computer science courses, in addition to providing scholarship funds for teachers to get trained in computer science education and establishing related standards for teachers. The bill was passed by both the state House and Senate. It prioritizes reaching students who are often underrepresented in computer science education. Of the 1,048 students who took the AP computer science test last year, only 260 were female, 23 were African American and 25 were Hispanic.More

Study: US millennials know technology, but not how to solve problems with it
Education Week
The U.S. education system isn't adequately preparing students to use technology for problem-solving, according to a newly released analysis, which recommends what public schools and businesses can do to address that problem. Change the Equation, a Washington-based organization promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" studies, looked at how American millennials — the first "digital natives" because they were born after the Internet — fared in an international study of adult skills in 19 countries.More

Gray leads online teacher training with help from Google, NSF
The University of Alabama
Dr. Jeff Gray, professor of computer science at The University of Alabama, will lead a free, online course, sponsored by Google, this summer to train high-school teachers in a new computer-science course and future College Board Advanced Placement exam. An estimated 1,500 teachers are expected to sign up for the course from across the United States. Google is also sponsoring programs in five other states — California, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana and Texas — that will use Gray's course as an online foundation with teachers meeting with specialists in their home state for a week-long, face-to-face meeting that provides additional instruction.More

Teaching robots with Minecraft
Big Think
Humans can walk into an environment with unlimited possibilities and make intuitive choices when they have a goal in mind. They can ignore the noise, but robots, not so much. So, researchers from Brown University decided to develop an algorithm that would allow robots to learn how to approach these real-world spaces, using Minecraft as a study aid.More

Microsoft donates $10 million for new UW computer science building
Microsoft has announced a donation of $10 million to the University of Washington, which will help build a new computer science and engineering building and double the number of degrees awarded annually. Microsoft has always been one of the companies that called for investments in the computer science education sector, explaining that the lack of jobs in the industry is forcing it to look overseas for employees that would have otherwise come from the United States.More

An app that teaches kids to code
Popular Science
In the iOS app Robot School: Programming for Kids, players 7 and up help a stranded robot refuel its spaceship and return home by steering it through 45 levels. As they play, the game teaches them how to program, demonstrating techniques such as procedures, loops and conditional instructions. Players can view the code they created after completing each level and even share it on Facebook.More

Lowcountry-born Google computer science curriculum spreads globally
Palmetto Business Daily
Google's CS First program originally started off in the Lowcountry of South Carolina before it rapidly spread around the world, with its curriculum's reach recently passing the 50,000-student mark, Google said. Google's own program managers and teaching fellows created the computer science curriculum. These company leaders used music, video games, fashion and dancing to teach students the basics of interfacing and coding through a computer at a programming level. More

How E-rate 2.0 helps schools afford broadband and Wi-Fi
EdTech Magazine
The Federal Communications Commission recently made the biggest changes to E-rate since the program was created 19 years ago to help schools pay for telecommunications and Internet services. Public K-12 schools and districts should be aware of what these changes mean to funding and eligible services. The changes, which went into effect this year, include increased funding and the phasing out of some services and technologies, as well as increasing support for broadband and wireless networks in classrooms.More

How Google play for education fits into K-12 learning
EdTech Magazine
As one-to-one initiatives gain speed, more apps are making their way into the classroom and into teachers' hearts. The Google Play for Education store is one way for teachers to find and download student-focused apps that have an impact on learning. In a recent EdTech webinar, four K-12 educators were asked how they incorporate Google Play into their technology programs.More