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Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education by Mark Guzdial

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CHAPTER 1

What Does Computing for Everyone Mean?

Over the last year, three large U.S. school districts and an entire state announced plans to offer computer science education to all children in all of their schools. Chicago [45], San Francisco [43], and then in September 2015, the largest school system in the United States, New York City [308], announced multi-year plans to make computer science education ubiquitous—every grade in every school would have some computer science learning activities. An entire state, Arkansas [174], has made a similar pledge. Parents and teachers want their kids to know about computing [83]. The President of the United States took an “Hour to Code” (in December 2014) to become the first sitting president to write ...

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