World Maker Faire New York 2013

How to Teach Programming to Children

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Saturday1:00 PM1:30 PM

Silicon Valley executives, politicians, and makers are calling for children to "code.," but what does that mean? Web sites have been created based on the assumption that self-selecting kids will teach themselves. Such an approach leaves too much to chance and assures inequitable opportunity. A presenter with 30+ years of experience will explore the how, what, and why of teaching computer science to children in a developmentally appropriate fashion so they learn a lot more than how to code. We will discuss appropriate languages for learning, pedagogical strategies and programming projects for the screen and outside of the computer.

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Gary Stager — Executive Director

Constructing Modern Knowledge

Gary S. Stager, Ph.D. is considered one of the world's leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world's first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a keynote popular speaker at some of the world's most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, and school S.T.E.M. Director. Am elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators and co-author of "Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom."


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