Saturday, June 4, 2016

Urgency with Coding Now for the Future

I've heard Anne Jenks share numerous times the importance of teaching coding in school, especially with so many STEM professions available. If computer science careers are the number one source of jobs in the US, then we should have more computer science graduates, and therefore more coding/programming opportunities in K-12 classrooms.


The time is now to start teaching digital fluency and coding as part of literacy. Being literate in today's world, includes computer literacy.

Luckily, there are organizations, such as Code.org, dedicated to giving students opportunities to learn computer science.

How do you get started?

Below are a few places for getting started:

Device Elementary Secondary
iPadDaisy the Dinosaur
Tickle (older app)
Hopscotch
Scratch Jr.
Cargo-Bot
Tickle
Laptop/Desktop Scratch
Grok
Blockly
Scratch
Snap
Grok
Various Code.org
Lightbot
Khan Academy
Code.org

Final thoughts

There are so many more resources/sites available on multiple platforms than those aforementioned.

  • What are your favorite coding/programming sites to use with students?
  • How are you building STEM opportunities in your classroom/school/district?