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Sparking Innovation NAGC 2014

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Sparking Innovation: Kids, Creativity, and Code
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Conferene
Baltimore, Maryland
NOVEMBER 2014
Christie Ray
Senior Administrator Professional Development, Orange County Schools, Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Lauri Kirsch
Supervisor, K-12 Gifted, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida

Brian Housand
Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

In The New Geography of Jobs, Enrico Moretti asserts what is scarce today is not physical capital, but creativity. Value comes from original ideas. The best future jobs lie in innovation, design, and engineering. What can be done to foster creativity within an educational climate emphasizing standardization? If we are charged to create the successful learners and leaders of the future, it’s time to spark creativity, empower motivation, and simultaneously achieve the core standards. How? Through coding. Attend this session with curiosity and leave with ideas and free, easily accessible resources to control the creative climate of your classroom through coding.

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Sparking Innovation NAGC 2014

  1. 1. SPARKING INNOVATION GIFTED KIDS, CREATIVITY AND CODE brianhousand.com/nagc2014 BRIAN HOUSAND LCAHURRISI TKIIER RSCAHY
  2. 2. SLIDES AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT brianhousand.com/nagc2014
  3. 3. INTERFACERS PROGRAMERS
  4. 4. Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. - Steve Jobs
  5. 5. WHY
  6. 6. Top Ten Skills to Cultivate in your Gifted Child 1. Grit 2. Resiliency 3. Optimism 4. Self-Control 5. Enjoyment of Solitude 6. Finding Meaningfulness in Learning 7. Working on the Edge of One’s Competency 8. Being an Autonomous, Autodidactic Learner 9. Learning to Deal with Stress & Control Anxiety 10. Developing Appropriate Attitudes Toward Work & Ability Paula Olszewski-­‐Kubilius -­‐ Parenting for High Potential, March/April 2013
  7. 7. Even if your kids don’t go on to code for living, a basic understanding of programming concepts improves problem-solving and thinking skills which are both transferable and empowering.
  8. 8. “Learning to write programs stretches your mind and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”
  9. 9. Key Ideas and Details Craft and Structure Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Production and Distribution of Writing Research to Build and Present Knowledge Comprehension and Collaboration Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  10. 10. 1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4 Model with mathematics. 5 Use appropriate tools strategically. 6 Attend to precision. 7 Look for and make use of structure. 8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  11. 11. developer.apple.com/xcode
  12. 12. bit.ly/Stanford-App-Class
  13. 13. 1 MILLION MORE CS JOBS THAN COMPUTER SCIENTISTS TO FILL THEM BY 2020
  14. 14. $60,000 FIRST YEAR SALARY
  15. 15. HOW
  16. 16. csedweek.org
  17. 17. code.org/learn
  18. 18. CREATIVITY
  19. 19. madewithcode.com
  20. 20. MOTIVATION
  21. 21. MECHANISMS OF MOTIVATION CONTROL CHALLENGE CURIOSITY COOPERATION COMPETITION Housand, B. C. & Housand, A. M. (2012). The role of technology in gifted students’ motivation. Psychology in the Schools, 49(7), 706-715.
  22. 22. www.truthandtrolls.com
  23. 23. Go ahead…. TELL ME I CAN’T!
  24. 24. appinventor.mit.edu
  25. 25. 400,000 DOWNLOADS!
  26. 26. stemchallenge.org
  27. 27. stemchallenge.org
  28. 28. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO CODE
  29. 29. SPARKING INNOVATION GIFTED KIDS, CREATIVITY AND CODE BRIAN HOUSAND LCAHURRISI TKIIER RSCAHY

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