“Computer Science is a liberal art: it’s something that everybody should be exposed to and everyone should have a mastery of to some extent.” -Steve Jobs
Knowing that virtually everything we interact with today is effected or run by technology, there is little doubt that today’s students should be learning how to use computers. However, are we preparing our students for tomorrow’s jobs if we don’t offer them exposure to computer science? Learning how computers work, analyzing their favorite new video games and apps for trends in coding, and writing their own code will definitely help students become better problem solvers and promote the importance of computer science in our current and future workforce.
There are currently 517,393 open computing jobs nationwide.Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce. –Code.org
This month, December 5-11, is the annual week of code. I highly recommend you explore Code.org and sign your classes up for an hour of code. This event takes place during computer science week each year to honor Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computer science pioneer (December 9, 1906).
Signing up your students is as simple as filling out an online form and then giving your students an hour throughout the assigned window to complete coding challenges in a wide variety of age, ability, and highly engaging activities!
Nervous about your lack of coding expertise? Don’t be! Dive right in. Make it a competition to see which students can get through the most activities. Get your students psyched about coding by participating in a skype lesson before they code. Try Technocamps; Computer Science 101.
I highly recommend sitting down and playing some of the Hour of Code modules on your own. Caution: They are highly addictive and can pull you into a time lapse tunnel.