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Web News Round Up – 23rd March

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On this week's SelfAssemblySites' Web News Round Up learn how to buy your friends drinks with Twitter, how to transfer files up to 1Gb over Facebook, Nasa invites you to a hackathon, and can code ourselves a better government.

Tweet-a-Beer

Buy Someone a Beer with Tweet-a-Beer

If you can't be there in person to buy your friends a beer, you can now do it via this handy new twitter app. Tweet-a-Beer is an online networking app and aims to make paying for other twitter users' beers easier and maybe even become a habit. "Become a beer benefactor" they suggest on their lager coloured homepage. Is this a nice novel idea or could this actually catch on? Read the article.

1Gb Person to Person File Transfer Coming to Facebook Through Pipe

Soon you'll be able to transfer files that are usually too huge to send through normal email channels, all on Facebook. The social media giant is partnering with a newly developed app called Pipe which was unveiled at London Web Summit recently. The Berlin based company uses Adobe's Real Time Media Protocol Flow to slip the file into the recipient's cache, so that no Pipe or Facebook server space gets occupied. Read the article.

NASA Invites You to a Global Hackathon

NASA needs new tools to improve life in space and on Earth so they're running the International Space Apps Challenge. It's a two-day 'codeathon' taking place on April 21-22, 2012. Participants from around the world will work together to create solutions to current challenges that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on earth. Individual contributors will be working both remotely and in large gatherings on all seven continents as well as including a team in space. Read the article.

Coding a Better Government

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments and their neighbors. Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services. View the TED Video.

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Training vs Learning: Computer Science in Schools

The Difference Between Learning and Training

Learning is usually an open format for exploration, without absolutely specific goals, knowledge for the sake of knowledge. It's what we learn in schools and universities, we learn the curriculum as foundation for further expansion of knowledge.  Learning is about levels of knowledge, which in academics merit different grades.

Training is usually about specific skills and "doing". At the end of a training course participants should be able to complete distinct tasks or functions, have developed skills they didn't have before.

There is a growing belief from some in Britain, such as the £2bn a year computer games industry and UK Education Minister Michael Gove, that computer science should be offered in the curriculum of second level education. It's interesting to see if it will be a traditional learning course or greater integration with aspects of training.

Raspberry Pi Gives a Taste for Coding

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