We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics.
Did you know:
Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years – these are some of the highest paying jobs.
In many countries, it’s required (China, Vietnam, Estonia…)
The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try. Only 2% are women.
1% are students of color.
The Kean University Writing Project is joining a massive campaign to prepare students OF ALL AGES for the 21st century during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-15). The Hour of Code campaign has an audacious goal: to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science.
The invitation is extended to you and any of your fellow colleagues, friends, students, or children of your own, to celebrate the national celebration known as the Hour of Code. HERE is the link to discover the world of computional thinking via fun, engaging tutorials. HOMAGO!: Hang out, Mess around, Geek out!
For more information on what the Hour of Code celebration is all about, click HERE.
And for a recent discussion of the current Themes, Issues, and Benefits of the learning to Code Movement, watch this Connected Learning webinar: