Information Technology positions are the current trend and there are not enough qualified applicants to fill current and future positions. Our schools are not preparing their students to fill these in-demand positions. Schools can start by introducing the Maker philosophy and promote tinkering and coding.
Coding is an essential skill. It can be taught starting in kindergarten to lay the foundation for students interested in science, technology, art, engineering and math. It is also imperative that girls are more involved and encouraged to choose future career paths in scientific and technological areas.
Begin by watching the video from Common Sense Media on "Three Great Ways to Get Students Coding".
2. View and read the "5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code" from Kodable.
3. To conclude read The 9 Tips for Teaching Coding. It has great advice that is a must-read. Some highlights to take away are:
- Do Your Research
- Your students can handle it
- You don't need a 1:1 classroom
- Don't be the Lone Ranger
- Learning to code should be fun and engaging
- Don't just talk, do it
- Once you take the training wheels off, leave them off
- Remember, kids, learn at different rates
- Don't position yourself as an expert
You have just learned about the importance of coding and how it can make a difference in your classroom. It is now time to learn about the different coding platforms that are available to you and your students.
Move on to Coding Platforms
ISTE Standards for Educators
c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration,
evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and
critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.