The Coded Curriculum
As organizations such as Code.org increasingly emphasize the importance of giving each and every student the opportunity to learn how to code, how can we enable educators to respond to these calls for action? How do we ensure that every student, regardless of what classes he or she elects to take, is exposed to computer programming? Beaver Country Day School has found that the best way to answer these questions is by incorporating coding into the core curriculum to ensure that all students will learn to write code before they graduate. Rather than simply requiring students to take a standalone coding course, teachers are trained to integrate coding concepts into classes such as math, science and art and emphasize topics such as creative problem solving rather than language syntax. This panel will explore how to take an integrated approach to computer programming in order to expose every student to coding at the high school level.
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- How can schools ensure that every student, regardless of what classes he or she elects to take, learns to write code?
- How can teachers incorporate coding concepts into their everyday classes?
- What impact does coding as a core aspect of the educational curriculum have on students as they prepare for their futures?
- Robert MacDonald, Math Department Chair, Beaver Country Day School
- Peter Hutton, Head of School, Beaver Country Day School
- Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Sheena Vaidyanathan, CSTEM Program, Los Altos School District
Jacqui Johnstone, Assistant Account Manager, BIGfish Communications