It’s Computer Science Education Week and for students that means creating dance parties, helping the Grinch steal presents or even playing Minecraft but they aren’t just mindlessly “playing”. Each of these games is a way to teach students about code. Code is a computer language that tells our computers what to do. This week students district-wide participated in an Hour of Code, a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching students all over the world through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
“Hour of Code is important to get our students interested in computer science. I think it promotes critical thinking and creativity. I want students to understand that the technology they use every day had to be created by someone and someday they can be the one to create something that people use in their everyday lives if they learn how to code. I hope students walk away with an interest in coding and wanting to learn more about it,” said Jacquline Darge, Media Specialist at District 123.
Using computational thinking also helps students develop and enhance a number of different attitudes and behaviors such as:
- Confidence in dealing with complexity
- Persistence in working with difficult problems
- Tolerance for ambiguity
- The ability to deal with open-ended problems
- The ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution.
To learn more about Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code click here.