Computer science is a top-paying college degree. Jobs in this market are growing at 2 x's the national average, yet the number of students pursuing computer science degrees has dropped in the last decade. In fact, it is estimated that by 2020 there will be 400,000 computer science students in the United States and 1.4 million computer science jobs. Women and minorities are extremely underrepresented in this group. Why such an enormous gap?
Have you ever encouraged a student to try coding?
The Hour of Code is a weeklong global awareness endeavor to introduce students to the world of coding in as little as one hour. More importantly, it is designed to encourage schools to offer students opportunities to learn this important language. Currently 9 out of 10 high schools don't offer computer programming classes. In fact, in 36 states, computer science doesn't even count towards required math and science requirements. The goal is to involve 10 million students.
I learned all of this and more from the resources found on the Hour of Code website and it is my hope to encourage readers of this blog to check them out and participate too. If you don't have an hour to spare next week, perhaps you can schedule one hour at another time this winter. Our students deserve to be introduced to Hour of Code and the activities provide us with a fun way to help students develop problem-solving skills.
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SO cool! Love this idea... thanks for sharing! I sure hope it's open to Canadian participants as well.Reply
Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL
Oh yes, it is open to Canadian participants. Thank you for the comment and enthusiasm! Have fun coding.Reply
This is a great idea, thanks for sharing Susan.Reply
At ExamTime, we did a blog series on how to learn to code inclusing an interview with Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, as we understand the importance of coding for students in the future. You can read our posts via the links below, hope you find them useful.
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