Hour of Code Boosts Tech Education

Classrooms Teach Coding
Posted on 12/09/2019
BHCS students from kindergarten through middle school learned more about computer coding during Hour of Code at their school the week of Dec. 9 as part of a global campaign promoting computer programming. Over 71% of all US jobs require digital skills according to Hour of Code organizers.

Coding promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills among students and introduces them to job skills needed for the future, according to Jacque Yaneff, BHCS academic technology teacher.

“Teachers see today’s students more engaged in school when they learn how the internet works or how to design an app,” she says. "In their class hour our students learn beginning steps for coding and giving the computer directions. Older students will create their own codes and design their own figures while younger students put puzzle pieces together, creating figures that perform multiple tasks.

"We have students who have learned coding every year for many years. The kids love it!”

Classrooms that took part included:

Mater Dei Immaculate Conception
Amanda O’Hern: Fourth grade:
Jill Bork, Third grade
Sacred Heart School
Amanda Elbert: Fifth grade  
Gina Mullins, Third grade                            
Genie McGregor, Third grade                     

Holy Cross School
 
Pat Boggs, Third grade: 
Sarah Hansen: Middle school

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to reach millions of students around the world through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Over 71% of all US jobs require digital skills according to Hour of Code organizers. High-skilled computing occupations are the fastest-growing and the largest sector of all new wages in the US. 
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