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How do I change the new tab or new window page in Firefox? Or, how do I setup the startup page to the new tab page?
- Open a new window or tab and type in about:config
- Search for browser.newtab.url
- Change the value (double-click on it) to the new page
- Test it by opening up a new tab
- You’re done - close about:config
A couple of options you can use, manually type in:
- google.com (or any URL/webpage)
- about:home (Firefox default homepage)
- about:newtab (sties most visited)
- about:blank (blank page)
Deep Space II
(this time with a fading background; code here)
Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming.
- KineScript - Using the same visual programming metaphor as MIT’s Scratch, this app helps students craft animated stories.
- Kid’s Ruby - Targeted for kids, this free desktop app teaches the popular programming language Ruby.
- ScriptKit - Build a simple mobile app using the drag-and-drop code editor of this iPad app.
- CodeShare - Instead of a cumbersome screen-sharing app, use this free website to share the code you type in real-time.
- Hopscotch - Also inspired by the visual design of MIT’s Scratch, this colorful iPad app introduces young students to programming.
Want more? Check out these collections of tools created by members like you.
- Programming for Primary Students - Resources to teach programming in primary school. Curated by teacher librarian Julia Boulton.
- Computer programming - Apps to teach everyone from children to adults how to program. Curated by adult learning facilitator Anne Sturgess.
Enjoy these great tools for educators!
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Code.org turning the ashes of ‘Flappy Bird’ into a phoenix of coding education
The wildly simple yet infinitely frustrating game Flappy Bird is no more, though it continues to live on in countless clones. Now Code.org, the non-profit aimed at teaching people how to write code, has created a tool to make your own Flappy Bird game while learning some code at the same time.
The power of Wolfram Alpha — the intelligent search engine that can answer natural language questions and solve complex math problems — is being built into an upcoming programming language that its founder, Stephen Wolfram, says will be incredibly easy to use. The language, Wolfram writes, is “a way to go from an idea to a fully deployed realization in an absurdly short time.” It’s called Wolfram Language, and it’s an evolution of what’s been used inside of his company Wolfram’s popular Mathematica software for over 25 years now.
There has been a steady and growing call for more students to learn computer programming. As they try to answer that call, some educators are looking beyond stand-alone lessons or separate programming classes and integrating coding into their core curriculum.
In 1990, more than 30 percent of computer workers were women. Now it’s just 27 percent.
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Computer programming gets great press. Because software engineering is a prosperous, growing field—and because, even beyond the tech industry, everything will soon be run on code—young people have long been counseled on the advantages of learning how to program. I’m one of the guilty parties here. In Slate and other venues, I’ve lectured youngsters to get cracking on coding. “You don’t need to know how a computer works in order to use it—but if you learn how computers work, you may avoid one day working for them,” I argued last year.
I still believe that. And yet, when I visit software companies, I often notice that the most successful employees aren’t necessarily the best coders. Instead, leaders in the software business are usually pretty good coders who also happen to be fantastic communicators—they’ve got good ideas about software, but their real talent is the ability to get those ideas across to the rest of the organization.
“There’s no specific place you can plan on going because there are so many different things you can do with programming,” Blazes told an audience during a panel discussion at The Atlantic magazine’s Technologies in Education Forum earlier this month. “You can do pretty much anything with it that you can program.”
That’s because computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer.
Imagine you forget to watch a new episode of Game of Thrones the night it airs. Even if coworkers stay mum about important plot points, Twitter is abuzz with spoilers. Fortunately, there’s Twivo, a new program that allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning a certain TV show (and its characters) for a set time period. Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old girl, invented the software last month—and won the grand prize at a national coding competition where Lamere was the only female who presented a project, and the only developer to work alone. Internet: Meet the reason we need more women in tech.
(From Mother Jones)
The Girl Scouts are going one better by developing a badge program to bring girls into the world of video game development. The effort is a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Women in Games International.
patch via flickr:CC | Center4EduPunx (not Girl Scouts USA)
Today is International Women’s Day, and as one of our contributions to the celebration, we’re proud to support Voices Global Conference, presented by Global Tech Women. As part of this 24-hour live streamed event, Google will provide more than a dozen hours of free talks featuring women working in computer science, beginning today. To access the full schedule and our ongoing broadcasts, see our section on the Voices website, which will be updated throughout the day.
The Voices Global Conference is the brainchild of Global Tech Women’s founder Deanna Kosaraju, who also started India’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2010 with grant support from Google.