Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why the big push for coding?

So, why the big focus on coding? What does coding offer for students? This year, launched the Hour of Code as part of the annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), a celebration geared to encourage interest in the field and show that anyone can learn the basics. They have put together an elaborate list of coding resources for students and staff to explore within their classroom. Check out this website for great resources.

Check out the videos below for more information about just how important coding is to our students today:

Did you know:
  • Children who learn introductory computer science show improved math scores.
  • 90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science.
  • Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years.
  • In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is—or soon will be—required.
  • Anyone can learn the basics, starting in elementary school, but fewer than
  • 10% of students (and just 4% of female students, 3% of students of color) take computer science classes.

Coding Invasion

Regardless of any intellectual benefits, I think it is based on the concept of coding. It's about taking risks and exploring potential and problem solving. No, we will not all become professional coders. However, we can all learn from the skills involved in coding - problem solving, creative thinking, and risk-taking. It's a risk to learn something new and to try something new. It's also a risk to code because the product is not always known.

Hour of Coding Pics; Thank You to Judy Tweeten for her support

See how Daniel has made his mark on the world. What's going to be your mark on the world?


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