Learning to code in the classroom

An hour of coding in class.

If you don’t know what coding is, it’s the process people use to create almost every type of technology program. Everything from those apps on your phone to the web pages you browse.

And while you may think its only reserved for computer geniuses and techies, your kids will be joining them. According to www.code.org, about 60 percent of the job market involves computing jobs. Which is why influential people like Bill Gates, President Obama, and astronauts support this national campaign, Hour of Code, encouraging your child to begin coding on the computer.

Because it’s become even more important to expose your children to these coding concepts now.

The 1.4 million computing jobs will saturate the market by the time middle schoolers graduate high school, which is why its so important to create the coding interest now.

Whitney York is the Technology Integration Specialist at Murray Middle School. She initiated the Hour of Code at the school to start exposing all 564 middle schoolers of all ages to coding. York says, “We’re doing this to kind of promote that computer science and then engineering mindset.”

York hopes the hour will help foster students’ interest in coding at a young age. What’s even more is the coding tool York uses looks just like the games your children play on their tablets and phones, “So they’re just dragging box together giving the bird directions on how to get the pig,” says York.

According to fifth graders, Jade Oakley and Langston Hill they’re fun games that don’t feel like coding, but aren’t overly easy either.

The students say its fun while learning, “I know but these aren’t complicated they’re easy.”

Because while we all use technology, and expect it to work York says, “This is teaching students how it works and how to make it work for themselves.”

Especially because your students can be the next tech guru. Hill says, “I want to work at Nintendo but I know that maybe could happen. I will go to Capcom.”

Something teachers are emphasizing as well, young girls learning how to code. That’s because of the computer science degrees, only 12 percent of them are women.

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