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Coding in Schools: To Surf the Wave or Not?

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Digital technologies are driving innovation across all fields and markets, from the sciences to the arts - across all careers, from medical to mechanics. The “computer science for all” movement is helping to equip students with the computational skills that will prepare them for the 21st-century labor market. New standards for computer science and technical literacy have been introduced, new coding products and services abound, and educators are looking for ways to incorporate this learning. There is a debate about what needs to be learned, what is appropriate at each age level, how to help teachers get comfortable with these new skills, and how to provide broader access.


In this session, participants will:

  • Dissect the successful approaches educators are using to connect students with this movement
  • Examine some of the most recent coding research findings
  • Identify educators how they have moved to embrace more coding in their schools, both at the high school level and earlier
  • Explore what coding curriculums and products have proven effective for different ages groups and in different settings
  • Outline how entrepreneurs and learning providers are working to expand access to coding


Speakers

  • Jason Behrens, Innovation Specialist, Somerville Public Schools
  • Diana Marcus, Mobile Learning Coach, Burlington Public Schools
  • Champika Fernando, Communications Director, Scratch


Agenda

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Networking and Snacks

6:30pm - 6:35pm

Introductions

  • Panel Introduction

6:35pm - 8:00pm

  • Why is it important to focus or what is the benefit of adding coding curricula into schools? What is the research saying? Who would benefit?
  • What has been working in your school? What has not been working in your school? What are the hurdles and/or opportunities?
  • What are schools looking for when it comes to introducing “coding for all” into their environment?
  • Where did your school start? How did the program change over time?
  • How are schools identifying or growing teachers who have the skills and expertise to teach coding? (These people are highly desired by industry) Do you have hiring difficulty in this area?
  • How have you been or not been partnering with edtech entrepreneurs and organizations like code.org, Girls who Code, or others in relation to coding?
  • Who is integrating coding into the standard curriculum? How is that achieved?
  • What problems need to be solved to expand the teaching of coding in schools?
  • What opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs looking to work with coding in schools- are they solving the key problems?
  • Are you worried that edtech will replace educators in the classroom?
  • Future facing - What is the one piece of advice you’d give to other entrepreneurs and/or schools who are trying to, thinking about or who are working with coding?
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