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Computer Science Teacher

Title: Computer Science Teacher

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1780173946 | 281 Pages
Computer Science Teacher : Insight Into the Computing Classroom (True PDF)
Increased focus on computer science has recently brought about the new national curriculum in computing.

This book explores the role of Computer Science Teacher in a secondary school environment. An overview of secondary school computing is covered, along with what the role encompasses, the attributes, knowledge and skills required to be a success and useful standards, tools, methods and techniques you can employ. Case studies and quotes from schools and current teachers are also included.

“If you are either training to teach or already teaching the secondary computing curriculum, you will need to know what effective teaching of computing actually looks like. This book is for you. Throughout the book, you will discover the insights found and the journey undertaken by the author, as a head of department, as she transformed her department from teaching ICT to teaching computing. This text will not only help you teach computing in a way that places learners at the centre of your planning but also seeks to motivate, engage and inspire them with a love of the subject, show them the opportunities that computing can present them and how computing shapes their daily learning, rest and play. In addition, the text provides practical guidance and insights for those applying for either their first teaching post or seeking advancement as a secondary computing teacher.” – Andrew Csizmadia, Newman University, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education

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Books · Coding · Computer Science · Emerging Trends · Programming · Teaching

Connected Code

Title: Connected Code

Author: Yasmin B Kafai
English | July 18th, 2014 | ISBN: 026252967X | 200 pages

Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming
Why every child needs to learn to code: the shift from “computational thinking” to computational participation.

Coding, once considered an arcane craft practiced by solitary techies, is now recognized by educators and theorists as a crucial skill, even a new literacy, for all children. Programming is often promoted in K-12 schools as a way to encourage “computational thinking” – which has now become the umbrella term for understanding what computer science has to contribute to reasoning and communicating in an ever-increasingly digital world.

In Connected Code, Yasmin Kafai and Quinn Burke argue that although computational thinking represents an excellent starting point, the broader conception of “computational participation” better captures the twenty-first-century reality. Computational participation moves beyond the individual to focus on wider social networks and a DIY culture of digital “making.”

Kafai and Burke describe contemporary examples of computational participation: students who code not for the sake of coding but to create games, stories, and animations to share; the emergence of youth programming communities; the practices and ethical challenges of remixing (rather than starting from scratch); and the move beyond stationary screens to programmable toys, tools, and textiles.

Books · Computer Science · Science · Social Media

Science and The Internet

Title: Science and the Internet

Editors: Alan G. Gross, Jonathan Buehl

English | 2017 | ISBN: 0895038986 | 328 Pages

This is a timely volume, introducing scholars of

Science and the Internet : Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age

rhetoric to the often radical changes that scientists are experiencing in their internal and external communication practices as a result of digital media technologies. Anyone who is serious about understanding scientific argument today needs to be familiar with the rich multimedia environment available to those who make and contest scientific claims in such fora as online journal articles, blogs, wikis, podcasts, and tweets. The diverse case studies in this book are well designed to acquaint readers with some of the most significant developments to occur in science communication in recent years.” – Leah Ceccarelli, Professor, Department of Communication University of Washington, Seattle

“The essays in Science and the Internet address the timely topic of how digital tools are shaping science communication. Featuring chapters by leading scholars of the rhetoric of science and technology, the volume fills a much needed gap in contemporary rhetoric of science scholarship. Spanning science-related blogs and podcasts through open access notebooks, data visualization tools, and online peer review, the book offers insight into how the Internet influences the generation of scientific knowledge and reconfigures the relations among varied publics, scientists, and technological interfaces. Overall, the essays reveal how digital technologies may both fray the boundaries between experts and non-experts and enable more collaborative, democratic means of public engagement with science.” – Lisa Keranen, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Communication, University of Colorado Denver

Books · Computer Science · ICT · Research · Smart Education · Teaching

Mental Penguins

Title: Mental Penguins

Author: Ivelin Sardamov

English | May 26th, 2017 | ASIN: B071V97SNV, ISBN: 178535342X | 211 Pages

Mental Penguins: The Neverending Education Crisis and the False Promise of the Information Age

This book was inspired by Prof. Sardamov’s efforts to understand a troubling paradox in his own work – while he has worked to become a better college teacher, his students have not shown the expected advances in learning. He draws on key findings in neuroscience to explain the waning interest in and knowledge of complex social issues in the United Statesand other countries.
He attributes this troubling trend primarily to the effects of information overload, ubiquitous screens, and constant internet access. He argues that the chronic overstimulation generated by our current sociotechnological environment is turning us into “mental penguins” – developing new and shedding old aptitudes as we adapt to an extreme mental environment.

These changes affect us all, but have the strongest impact on children, adolescents, and young adults whose brains are more”plastic.” As a result, their enjoyment of the written word, and even of the real world, is often blunted – a tendency which reflects a largercultural and neurophysiological crisis within contemporary societies. Prof. Sardamov believes that the shift toward online and experiential forms of learning will not alleviate existing problems but is likely to make them worse. He emphasizes the need to foster love and capacity for reading in children and adolescents since this is the only constantly available tool of knowledge accumulation.

Though the book is inevitably provocative, it will appeal to readers interested in alternative forms of education (like Steiner-Waldorf and Montessori), or to those who share the concerns of authors like Jane Healy (Endangered Minds), Sven Birkerts (The Gutenberg Elegies), Nicholas Carr(“Is Google Making Us Stupid” and The Shallows), Peter Whybrow (American Mania), Susan Greenfield(Mind Change), Catherine Steiner-Adair (The Big Disconnect), Richard Arum and Josipa Roxa (Academically Adrift), etc.

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · STEM · Teaching

The Stem Coaching Handbook

Title: The Stem Coaching Handbook

Author: Terry Talley
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138651036 | 167 Pages

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Learn how to promote STEM integration in your school district and increase student achievement. In this helpful, easy-to-read book, author Terry Talley sheds light on the key responsibilities and accountabilities of a successful STEM coach and offers a wealth of practical advice for those new to the position and for those who want to refine their skills.

You’ll discover how to…

– Build positive working relationships with teachers and faculty
– Organize professional development opportunities such as PLCs and book study groups
– Develop hands-on instructional strategies based off the needs of your students and the strengths of your staff
– Promote technological and scientific literacy to prepare students for success in the 21st Century
– Enhance student engagement using project-based learning and growth-based assessment models

Designed to be read either as a step-by-step guide or as a reference, The STEM Coaching Handbook is loaded with insights and accounts from experienced STEM educators across the country. No matter your level of expertise, these tips will help you make your district’s STEM program more effective for all students.

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Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Title: Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Authors: Yishay Mor, Harvey Mellar and Steven Warburton
English | 2014 | ISBN: 9462095280 | 348 pages Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology


These are challenging times in which to be an educator. The constant flow of innovation offers new opportunities to support learners in an environment ofever-shifting demands. Educators work as they have always done: making the most of the resources at hand, and dealing with constraints, to provide experiences which foster growth.

This was John Dewey’s ideal of education 80 years ago and it is still relevant today. This view sees education as a practice that achieves its goals through creative processes involving both craft and design. Craft is visible in the resources that educators produce and in their interactions with learners. Design, though, is tacit, and educators are often unaware of their own design practices. The rapid pace of change is shifting the balance from craft to design, requiring that educators’ design work become visible, shareable and malleable. The participatory patterns workshop is a method for doing this through engaging practitioners in collaborative reflection leading to the production of structured representations of design knowledge. The editors have led many such workshops and this book is a record of that endeavour and its outcomes in the form of practical design narratives, patterns and scenarios that can be used to address challenges in teaching and learning with technology.

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Encyclopaedia of the History of Science

Title: Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures (3rd ed)

Author: Helaine Selin
Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, 3rd edition
English | ISBN: 9400777469, 9400777485 | 2016 | 4706 pages

This updated and augmented third edition of this landmark encyclopedia contains approximately 1000 entries dealing in depth with the history of the scientific, technological and medical accomplishments of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. The entries consist of fully updated articles together with hundreds of entirely new topics adorned with full color pictures. This unique reference work includes intercultural articles on broad topics such as mathematics and astronomy as well as thoughtful philosophical articles on concepts and ideas related to the study of non-Western Science, such as rationality, objectivity, and method.

You’ll also find material on religion and science, East and West, and magic and science. This amazing resource even contains entries on fascinating esoteric topics such as Native American mathematics, Polynesian navigation, and African Metallurgy. There are also biographical articles for those cultures where individual scientists are known to us, such as China and the Islamic world.
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Smart Learning Objects

Title: Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science

Theory, Methodology and Robot-Based Implementation
Author: Vytautas Stuikys
2015 | ISBN-10: 3319169122 | 336 pages Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science: Theory, Methodology and Robot-Based Implementation


This monograph presents the challenges, vision and context to design smart learning objects (SLOs) through Computer Science (CS) education modelling and feature model transformations. It presents the latest research on the meta-programming-based generative learning objects (the latter with advanced features are treated as SLOs) and the use of educational robots in teaching CS topics. The introduced methodology includes the overall processes to develop SLO and smart educational environment (SEE) and integrates both into the real education setting to provide teaching in CS using constructivist and project-based approaches along with evaluation of pedagogic outcomes.

Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science will appeal to researchers in CS education particularly those interested in using robots in teaching, course designers and educational software and tools developers. With research and exercise questions at the end of each chapter students studying CS related courses will find this work informative and valuable too.

Title: Smart Learning Environments

Authors: Maiga Chang, Yanyan Li

Publisher: Springer | English | 2015 | ISBN:3662444461 | 219 pages

This book addresses main issues concerned with the future learning, learning and academic analytics, virtual world and smart user interface, and mobile learning. This book gathers the newest research results of smart learning environments from the aspects of learning, pedagogies, and technologies in learning. Smart Learning Environments

It examines the advances in technology development and changes in the field of education that has been affecting and reshaping the learning environment. Then, it proposes that under the changed technological situations, smart learning systems, no matter what platforms (i.e., personal computers, smart phones, and tablets) they are running at, should be aware of the preferences and needs that their users (i.e., the learners and teachers) have, be capable of providing their users with the most appropriate services, helps to enhance the users’ learning experiences, and to make the learning efficient.

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Prelude to Programming

Title: Prelude to Programming (6th edition)

Author: Stewart Venit
2015 | 816 Pages | ISBN: 013374163X
Prelude to Programming is appropriate for Pre-Programming and Introductory Programming courses in community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities. No prior computer or programming experience is necessary although readers are expected to be familiar with college entry-level mathematics. Prelude to Programming provides beginning students with a language-independent framework for learning core programming concepts and effective design techniques. This approach gives students the foundation they need to understand the logic behind program design and to establish effective programming skills. The Sixth Edition offers students a lively and accessible presentation as they learn
Core programming concepts
  • data types
  • control structures
  • data files
  • arrays
Program design techniques
  • top-down modular design
  • proper program documentation
  • style
Problem-solving skills for
  • basic programming tools and algorithms
  • data validation
  • defensive programming,
  • calculating sums and averages
  • searching and sorting lists
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The Reputation Economy

Title: The Reputation Economy: Understanding Knowledge Work in Digital Society

Author: Allessandro Gandini
Palgrave Macmillan UK | Business & Management | July 4, 2016 | ISBN-10: 113756105X | 151 pages
The Reputation Economy: Understanding Knowledge Work in Digital Society

Exploring the new professional scenes in digital and freelance knowledge, this innovative book provides an account of the subjects and cultures that pertain to knowledge work in the aftermath of the creative class frenzy. Including a broad spectrum of empirical projects, The Reputation Economy documents the rise of freelancing and digital professions and argues about the central role held by reputation within this context, offering a comprehensive interpretation of the digital transformation of knowledge work. The book shows how digital technologies are not simply intermediating productive and organizational processes, allowing new ways for supply and demand to meet, but actually enable the diffusion of cultural conceptions of work and value that promise to become the new standard of the industry.