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Teaching code is not about creating programmers

Global movements like Hour of Code have brought computer science into the mainstream. But those who work in the field firmly believe that the goal should not be to create millions of programmers. Rather, the entrepreneurs, teachers and academics behind the movement believe all students should learn how to leverage their own abilities through technology. Their research shows there are broad based benefits for all kids when they master concepts like sequencing and algorithmic thinking. This panel will look at how parents, teachers and professors can use the study of computer science to help students improve their problem solving abilities and gain confidence in themselves as digital creators.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss exactly how learning to code helps students develop problem solving abilities that will help them in any field
  2. Discuss the challenges of teaching kids to code and why it’s important for every student to have exposure to this 21st century skill
  3. Dive deep into the practical applications of learning to code

Speakers

Organizer

Izzie Forman, Consultant, codeSpark


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