The importance of computer science in primary education

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By Karina Fuerte

A new study reveals the importance of computer science in primary education
Computer Science doesn’t play a fundamental role in primary education programs. The subjects that usually occupy most of the children's school time are Math and literacy. A recent study reveals that teaching Computer Science in primary education seems to improve assessment results in math and literacy.

Purdue aims to enhance all its majors with Data Science
Faculty and members of Purdue launched an initiative that tries to permeate all its educational programs with Data Science with the aim of creating a Data Science-fluent ecosystem. By 2020 it is estimated that 2.72 million new jobs will require data analysis and management skills.

TableroTec: a virtual reality modeling app to enhance the quality and productivity of real processes
In order for students to develop the expected competencies throughout their career, it is essential to provide them with adequate spaces and tools. A new web application that models real productive processes virtually and in real time aims to provide these space and tools. 

Study: Impact of Virtual Reality on kids
A recent survey conducted by the non-profit organization Common Sense has unveiled that it is estimated that virtual reality will have a significant impact on children as VR provokes similar responses to real experiences; it can be beneficial or harmful depending on the content.

What we are reading

  • Mark Zuckerberg's Plan To 'Personalize' Learning Rests On Shaky Ground
    Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over privacy issues, but one of his other initiatives has gotten far less scrutiny: Zuckerberg’s massive investment in personalized learning: a slippery term with little evidence of its effectiveness. (Forbes)

  • Personalized precision education and intimate data analytics
    Ben Williamson encourages us to think through what is involved in precision education, what it might look like in practice and its implications for education policy. (Code Acts in Education)

  • Pearson conducts experiment on thousands of college students without their knowledge
    The publishing giant conducted an experiment involving nearly 9,300 students at 165 U.S. colleges and universities without seeking prior consent from participating institutions or individuals. (The Washington Post)

  • Teachers Share Anger, Frustration Over Grants Turned Into Loans
    An NPR investigative story found that thousands of teachers' grants were converted to loans, with interest, because of minor issues with annual paperwork. (NPR)

  • How a Shark Tank Competition Lets Students Create Their Dream Classrooms
    If you could buy anything to make your classroom a better place, what would it be? (EdSurge)

  • Is Your Body Appropriate to Wear to School?
    Problems arises when schools impose gender-specific requirements based on sex stereotypes. (The New York Times)

  • Why Google and YouTube Should Probably Start Worrying
    “Google, in every respect, collects more data [than Facebook]. Google, in every respect, has a much bigger advertising business.” (Vanity Fair)