April 01 2014
The week of December 7-13 was Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and an occasion for teachers to engage in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code initiative is aimed at introducing students to computer programming using a range of online tutorials and projects, and offline activities that engage learners in computational thinking. Code.org, an Educator Innovator partner and the organization behind this effort, cites some sobering statistics that illustrate equity issues in computer science education at the K-12 and higher education levels, with women and students of color being especially underrepresented in computer science classes or lacking opportunities to take such classes at their schools. Our panel of educators shared the work they do to get teachers and students interested in coding during CSEdWeek. They also discussed how coding is emerging as an essential literacy skill and considered the statistics offered by Code.org as a jumping off point for a conversation about technology and equity (#techquity).
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During the broadcast, the conversation also took place on Twitter using the hashtag #connectedlearning.
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