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Computer science Open For All: 6 Computer Science Projects From MIT Media Lab That You Can Try Today Open For All: 6 Computer Science Projects From MIT Media Lab That You Can Try Today Every great educational institution has one common quality – innovation. MIT Media Labs is one center of excellence which promotes multifaceted thinking, and its “prime directive” is to focus on developments which are at the... Read More is a rather important subject that more kids have an interest in now than ever before. But should coding and all the various elements that go with it be a part of the school curriculum? We want to know your thoughts on the teaching of programming in schools.

Crowdfunding Fails To Deliver

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Ever Used A Crowdfunding Website?

Out of a total of 103 votes, 44.7% chose Yes, I funded someone else’s dream, 39.8% chose I haven’t yet, but I might do in the future, 7.8% chose No, I don’t see the point, 3.9% chose Yes, I sought funding from others, 1.9% chose No, I think crowdfunding is a scam, and 1.9% asked, What is crowdfunding?

With so few people voting it’s impossible to draw any major conclusions from this particular poll. However, of those who did vote, the vast majority of people have either already been involved with crowdfunding Forget Kickstarter: How To Crowdfund From Your Own Website Forget Kickstarter: How To Crowdfund From Your Own Website Crowdfunding has taken off in a big way in the past few years. But you don't need to use a service like Kickstarter if you're already running your own popular website. Read More or plan to do so in the future. Which suggests this is a trend not likely to disappear anytime soon.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a handful of great comments, including those from John J, Eric Jay, Ron, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to Hildy J, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Have You Ever Used A Crowdfunding Website? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Used A Crowdfunding Website? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week's MakeUseOf Poll is all about your experiences of using crowdfunding websites, AKA giving your money to complete and utter strangers. Read More :

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I crowdfunded a woman’s attempt to popularize micro satellite projects. Her particular satellite hasn’t got off the ground yet but she’s published various guides and helped other projects. I got nothing out of it besides satisfaction.

I also funded an artist’s attempt to make a clock which measured the seasons and year. The single hand makes one revolution per year. It was way late but I’ve had it on my wall for a couple of years now and I love it.

OTOH, I’ve bought into two technology products. The first eventually shipped a monstrosity that in no way resembled the images and the second, SmartyRing, while raising a Ferrari’s worth of money, has never even come up with a prototype they shared.

My advice – fund artists, not technology. Leonardo’s Last Supper was a much better investment than his orinthopter.

We chose this comment because it recounts one person’s experiences with crowdfunding, both positive and negative. The final sentence is rather good advice, especially if “artists” is replaced by “creators.” In other words, back the person, not the product.

Coding The Curriculum

There is a strong push at present to get kids coding. There are a multitude of online resources to help you learn to code Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills Coding. A topic that is avoided by many. There are an abundance of free resources and tools, all of which are available online. Sure you could take some courses on the topic at a nearby... Read More , and the Hour Of Code Learn Coding On The Move With Codecademy’s Hour Of Code iOS App Learn Coding On The Move With Codecademy’s Hour Of Code iOS App The “Hour of Code” free app for iOS is an introductory effort that hopes to make it easier for busy professionals (and students) get a sense of what coding is all about. Read More is an attempt to get millions of youngsters learning the basics of computer science. Hell, even Barack Obama recently completed several programming tutorials Netflix Plans World Domination, Facebook Improves Search Options [Tech News Digest] Netflix Plans World Domination, Facebook Improves Search Options [Tech News Digest] Also, President Obama learns to code, Google releases Android Studio 1.0, using copyrighted music on YouTube videos, and 3D-printing The Imperial March. Read More , becoming the first U.S. President to code anything.

While computer science isn’t for everybody Coding Isn't For Everyone: 7 Tech Jobs You Can Get Without It Coding Isn't For Everyone: 7 Tech Jobs You Can Get Without It Don't be discouraged if you want to be a part of the tech field -- there are plenty of jobs for people who don't know how to code! Read More , some knowledge of coding could be vital for the future job prospects of the newest generations. Which leads to the MakeUseOf Poll question for this week… Should Coding Be Taught In Schools? As always, there are several options from which to choose.

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.

Tell us the specific reasons you think coding should or should not be taught in schools. Or, alternatively, recount your personal experiences with learning how to code, whether at school or elsewhere.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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