In celebration of Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week (December 7-11) we dug into the Getting Smart vault to share our top 10 favorite coding and computer science blogs. They are packed full of resources for educators, parents, students and thought leaders. How are you celebrating the week? Share your stories, resources and pictures by tagging us on Twitter & Facebook and using the #HourofCode hashtag.
The results are in and a majority of parents agree that coding should be a core subject. Mark Engelberg shares why in today’s digital world, when we teach our kids critical thinking and logic skills through computer science, we are programming them for success.
— HS Homeschool (@HS_Homeschool) November 24, 2015
Tyler Nakatsu shares five important reasons for expanding access to coding learning experiences in K-12. He argues the ability to code can level the playing field and provide access to postsecondary and well paying jobs.
— BattleOfTheBrainsKC (@BOTBKC) September 24, 2015
Teaching students to code today well could mean the need to completely re-think the way we’ve done education. Greg Garner shares his argument why it’s time to move past just one hour.
— WeAreTeachers (@WeAreTeachers) December 12, 2014
Megan Mead presses readers to take coding to the next level. Coding and Computer Science can support the next generation of learners — learners who will tackle even the most challenging of problems with anticipation and drive.
— Sevenstar (@7staronline) December 12, 2014
Getting Smart all-star blogger Adam Renfro describes that programming pushes students to research, plan, outline, collaborate, test, troubleshoot, and retest. It’s brain intensive language study that requires syntax and style.
— Julie (@JulieRenoir_) November 16, 2015
Hear eight of Pearson’s computer programmers share their stories of knowing how to code and how that has led them to success and also their beliefs about why students should learn to code.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) December 16, 2013
Tom Vander Ark shares what happens when a big city superintendent called and asked for recommendations for K-12 resources for teaching coding and computer science. The team reached out to some folks in the know and provided this summary of what we learned.
— Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark) December 10, 2014
Embracing coding may seem like a daunting task, but Eric Nentrup explains the domino effect created by the demand for amazing technology is likewise leading to a demand for skilled workers to engineer and program.
— Edgenuity (@EdgenuityInc) November 26, 2014
Does coding teach us to think? James Walker (and Steve Jobs) argues it does. Quite simply coding is a tool for understanding how technology works.
— BrightBytes (@BrightBytes) August 13, 2013
As Tom Vander Ark explains there are a growing cluster of job skills that require coding, but too many schools aren’t teaching the skill — particularly schools attended by low income and minority students.
Teaching kids to code. Need to incorporate this into our curriculum! http://t.co/sgq8RM9s09
— Kristin Aquilino (@KikiAquilino) December 10, 2014
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