Chances are, you're going to have a hard time trying to avoid technology this Thanksgiving... so why not surprise your family by embracing the robotic uprising this year, rather than trying to prevent it?
There are many obstacles for students to learn computer science. Whether or not one believes that everyone can be a programmer, the fact remains that 90 percent of high school students never even have the opportunity to learn.
The economic recovery is underway, but an important group is being left behind. According to a new report by the International Youth Foundation, the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 12.8 percent by 2018.
Things worth doing are rarely easy, and the step to theoretical work from small programming projects can be a large one. And particularly for women, retention in computer science and other STEM subjects is a real problem during the college years.
Christine Gary had hopes of setting a world record as the youngest person to run a marathon on each continent. But when she found out that someone else beat her by just a few weeks, she settled on a new challenge.
Computational thinking gives students the skills required to solve problems even when they have never explicitly been taught the answers. It encourages them to think of things in creative ways. Don't those skills seem fundamental to a successful adult?
I propose that for the women who make it through all the challenges of primary education in countries where they are currently at a severe disadvantage, that we, as global citizens, work to apply the tuition-free and online model to their higher and secondary education.
Kevin Wang, a software engineer who started out his career as a high school teacher, is showing technology industry employees who are passionate about education that they need not choose between the classroom and the industry.