Coding in the Classroom: Six Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers—and Students—Started

By Alexandra Diracles, Katarina Pasinsky
January 17, 2017

This article shares actionable approaches to getting started with coding in the classroom. It identifies why coding is important on the macro level, as STEM jobs growth will outpace all other jobs, leading to an estimated 1.1 million computing jobs by 2024. The article also addresses how to implement it on the micro level, in an individual classroom or school. The authors acknowledge that teachers often accept the need for computer science but give in to the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks to getting started. The article identifies six of the most common roadblocks and offers practical advice for overcoming them, including being able to empower students with the choice to create things they find useful and leveraging technology’s ability to reach many kinds of learners.

This article offers statistics to advocate for coding and will help educators think about how to approach computer science in school, with the hope of using coding in many subject areas not just computer science courses.

Source Organization: EdSurge

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