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An Agile Approach to Learning Programming
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An Agile Approach to Learning Programming

The Super Simple Programming Book is one example to teach programming in an Agile way. In general, Agile concepts can lead to highly effective learning.

­Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success
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­Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success

By using independent technical reviews, management can have a third party audit software and ensure the dev team stays on track.

In (Virtual) Defense of Democracy
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In (Virtual) Defense of Democracy

There are two ways to proceed with political discourse in cyberspace, if the trolls are to be tamed.

Calculating With Roman Numerals is Not So Difficult
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Calculating With Roman Numerals is Not So Difficult

How to deal with Roman numerals and without a sign for zero in an additive number system, if no hand abacus is available?

Computer Science Was Invented to Teach Everyone About Everything
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Computer Science Was Invented to Teach Everyone About Everything

Our goal should not be Computational Thinking, but Science, Mathematics, History, Engineering, and *Everything* Thinking.

Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't ­se Those Words
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Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't ­se Those Words

At Mindbenders, we want kids to put down their textbooks and learn by creating and doing.

Why is Privacy So Hard?
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Why is Privacy So Hard?

Why is privacy so hard? Why is it, after so much negative press about it, are we still being constantly tracked on the web and on our smartphones? Why is it, after...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

What SIGCSE's Top 10 Lists tell us about the growing field of Computer Science Education (and computer science more broadly).

How Did the Romans Calculate?
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How Did the Romans Calculate?

Experts are still wondering how the Romans calculated with their number system.

Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems
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Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems

Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.

The Growing Tension Between ­Undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or Just Those Who Get Past the Caps?
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The Growing Tension Between ­Undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or Just Those Who Get Past the Caps?

 Are we repeating the 1980's? It's even worse now.

What Is a Variable?
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What Is a Variable?

A stab at a definition, for outsiders, of what we in computing mean by the term "variable" raises more questions than it answers.

More Replicas of Historical Calculating Machines Found
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More Replicas of Historical Calculating Machines Found

Documenting the discovery of several previously unknown replicas of historical computing devices made by Roberto A. Guatelli.

The Ethical Responsibilities of the Student or End-­User Programmer
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The Ethical Responsibilities of the Student or End-­User Programmer

If a student's program goes awry, who is responsible? How do we protect society and encourage people to learn about code? 

Computer Science Relies on the Opposite of Godel's Results
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Computer Science Relies on the Opposite of Godel's Results

The first-order theories of Gödel's results necessarily leave mathematical objects ill-defined.

The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage
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The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage

Discovery of a previously unknown replica of the legendary Swiss Millionaire calculating machine at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Broadening Participation in Computing Is Easier Than You Think
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Broadening Participation in Computing Is Easier Than You Think

Some small steps that can make a big difference.

Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice
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Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice

Looking at some use cases for the adoption of big data in industries that deal with physical things, and drawing some inferences.

There Are No Digital Humanities
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There Are No Digital Humanities

Many think that the opposite of digital is analog or mechanical.

FictionStein
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FictionStein

Science fiction like Frankenstein nudges readers to confer humanity but nudges them away from moral fortitude.
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