Originally posted November 24, 2014.
Have you signed up to teach the Hour of Code yet? It's not too late!
If you are interested in improving your student's critical thinking and problem solving skills, it's time to take a closer look at coding! Anyone can learn to code! Everyone should be given the chance to learn. You will be surprised about the changes you see in your students. More importantly, you will be exposing them to skills that will change the way they think and maybe even spark an interest in careers that will be readily available when they enter the job market as adults. Visit Code.org to take a look at the mind boggling statistics.
Meet Code.org's Student of the Week. Semira (on the left) is a 6th grader and game creator. Click on her picture to read the full article.
Here's just a little of what she has to say about coding:
If a girl my age wondered if coding was for them, I would say: do you use electronics? If so, coding is all around you. That text you’re sending right now? How do think it’s being delivered? The answer: coding. The email you just received? Same story. The TV remote, your favorite video game, the telephone, the whole world around you. It’s all code. If you learn it, you can make a part of the future. Your knowledge is the only true limit, and coding? It’s the sky.
Learn more at code.org.
I'm Natalie Davis, an ITRT in Richmond, VA. I taught first, second, and third graders in Richmond for 12 years before becoming an ITRT. I truly enjoy finding useful ways to breathe new life into lessons by integrating technology to help students achieve their learning goals. I am passionate about closing the digital divide by teaching our children to be consumers and creators of technology.