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"From the Ted Talk by Linda Liukas: A delightful way to teach kids about computers"

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And they are partly right about that. There's a lot of syntax and controls and data stuuerctrs and amgritolhs and practices, polcotros and paradigms in programming. And we as a community, we've made cormeutps smaller and smaller. We've built layers and layers of abstraction on top of each other between the man and the machine to the point that we no legonr have any idea how computers work or how to talk to them. And we do teach our kids how the human body works, we teach them how the combustion einnge functions and we even tell them that if you want to really be an astronaut you can become one. But when the kid comes to us and asks, "So, what is a bubble sort algorithm?" Or, "How does the computer know what happens when I press 'play,' how does it know which video to show?" Or, "Linda, is Internet a place?" We adults, we grow olddy silnet. "It's magic," some of us say. "It's too complicated," the others say.

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And they are partly right about that. There's a lot of syntax and controls and data __________ and __________ and practices, _________ and paradigms in programming. And we as a community, we've made _________ smaller and smaller. We've built layers and layers of abstraction on top of each other between the man and the machine to the point that we no ______ have any idea how computers work or how to talk to them. And we do teach our kids how the human body works, we teach them how the combustion ______ functions and we even tell them that if you want to really be an astronaut you can become one. But when the kid comes to us and asks, "So, what is a bubble sort algorithm?" Or, "How does the computer know what happens when I press 'play,' how does it know which video to show?" Or, "Linda, is Internet a place?" We adults, we grow _____ ______. "It's magic," some of us say. "It's too complicated," the others say.

Solution

  1. computers
  2. engine
  3. structures
  4. oddly
  5. longer
  6. silent
  7. algorithms
  8. protocols

Original Text

And they are partly right about that. There's a lot of syntax and controls and data structures and algorithms and practices, protocols and paradigms in programming. And we as a community, we've made computers smaller and smaller. We've built layers and layers of abstraction on top of each other between the man and the machine to the point that we no longer have any idea how computers work or how to talk to them. And we do teach our kids how the human body works, we teach them how the combustion engine functions and we even tell them that if you want to really be an astronaut you can become one. But when the kid comes to us and asks, "So, what is a bubble sort algorithm?" Or, "How does the computer know what happens when I press 'play,' how does it know which video to show?" Or, "Linda, is Internet a place?" We adults, we grow oddly silent. "It's magic," some of us say. "It's too complicated," the others say.

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