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July, 25th 2013
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Bill Liao, co-founder CoderDojo

Bill Liao, co-founder CoderDojo

By Bill Liao

The great Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Yet in a time when nearly all human activity is reliant on the magic of computer software, entire generations of kids are not learning to program until far too late, and the dropout rate for computer science degrees is routinely 50 percent. We have a global shortage of good programmers, and many startup companies simply fail for want of decent programming talent.

I co-founded CoderDojo two years ago to address this crisis and it has had a phenomenal impact. But it needs more supporters to continue its mission.

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Programming is a language skill, and the best programmers are poets in that they have an economy of expression like that of a haiku master. The very best programmers learned their skills at a young enough age to be totally native speakers of code, and the best of them also have excellent teaming and collaboration skills. CoderDojo is an entirely open source collaboration that provides open free learning to kids aged seven through 17, and it thrives with the passion and involvement of professionals from the computer industry.

Continue Reading on Citizen IBM and check out CoderDojo on twitter @coderdojo and Facebook.

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Through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model and other initiatives, IBM is a leading supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. The P-TECH model is based on a highly structured approach to education that requires the collaboration of businesses, school systems and communities.

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6 Comments
 
March 19, 2014
11:23 am

Having read this I thought it was eztremely informative. I appreciate you finding the time
and effort to put this article together.
I once again findd myself personally spending a lot of tim both reading and leaving comments.

But so what, itt was still worth it!


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March 6, 2014
4:28 am

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Posted by: Nasi Pecel
 
March 6, 2014
3:17 am

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Posted by: Export Import
 
January 26, 2014
10:30 pm

We have found also that the public, shared aspect of software development assists in learner engagement because of the feeling “people are watching” – and this is borne out in the grading and observation process we discuss on our site http://www.TeachingPlusLearning.co.uk


Posted by: Observation Manager
 
August 28, 2013
2:12 pm

I have read this software work and I’m very interesting for start by this software.I like this.


Posted by: spc software
 
July 30, 2013
5:16 am

Great article, I learned to code when I was in college and I pretty much enjoy doing it, keep up the good work.


Posted by: morgsmith
 
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