Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.”
- Read through the NPR article and our own article “Coded for Success.” What is computer coding? (You may also want to peek at this blog post!)
- The NPR article on new coding credentials lists coder “boot camps” such as Dev Bootcamp, General Assembly, and Hack Reactor. What skills do you think these boot camps teach?
- The NPR article is about new “microcredentials” for coding. What are microcredentials, and how are they different from earlier coding credentials?
- A microcredential is test-based. A traditional credential may include practical experience, academic education (such as a degree), or a series of training courses.
- Earlier credential programs were associated with proprietary software programs. Microsoft, for instance, may have issued a credential in Excel, its proprietary spreadsheet program. But according to the NPR article, “today’s mobile apps and websites rely largely on more open programming languages like Java and Ruby.”
- You don’t need to go to boot camp to get started!
- Get your school involved in Code.org—a free outreach program to get coding and computer engineering into school curricula.
- Take an easy, one-hour tutorial—make your own game, play a game, or create a holiday card!
- This is important: Don’t have reliable access to a computer or mobile device? Try “unplugged” computer science—here are two good activities.
- fuzzFamily Frenzy is an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up. A teacher should explain the game, then students program a partner to complete a simple obstacle course.
- With “My Robotic Friends,” students of all ages will figure out how to guide each other to accomplish specific tasks without discussing them first. This lesson teaches children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging. “My Robotic Friends” works best as a group activity and includes a teacher workbook for classroom use.
- Already have some basic coding knowledge? Have you entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge? Why not? The Verizon Innovative App Challenge “provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor (licensed teacher), to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.” Learn more about the challenge here.
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