Coding is a skill that opens doors for students of all backgrounds.
No matter where they live, what color their skin is, what their gender is or how much education they have, if someone knows how to code, he/she has opportunities.
Companies are begging for coders. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer jobs are expected to grow 17% from 2014 till 2024.
How can we get it in our classrooms?
Hour of Code is a great start. From Dec. 4-10, 2017, students all over the world will drop what they’re doing and code — or integrate coding into what they’re already doing.
Even if you miss that window, there are TONS of coding resources … and no one ever said you can’t incorporate coding outside of the Hour of Code!
In our regular Thursday #DitchBook Twitter chat, we discussed the Hour of Code, the importance of coding and resources to use in the classroom. And there were plenty!
Scroll down to check out a summary of our discussion below.
Want to get in on the next #DitchBook Twitter chat?
- They happen every Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Mountain / 9 p.m. Central / 10 p.m. Eastern.
- They often run for 30 minutes. Many times, moderators will offer bonus questions for those that want to continue chatting.
- Check out what’s happening on the #DitchBook Twitter chat by clicking here. (Even if you don’t have a Twitter account!)
- New to Twitter? Want to know the basics? Check out my Twitter guide for teachers.
- Want to sign up for Twitter? Here are the directions.
- Having trouble? Still unclear on how a Twitter chat works? Feel free to tweet to these #DitchBook ambassadors and they’ll help — Karly Moura @karlymoura, Sean Fahey @seanjfahey, Sandy Otto @sandyrotto, Rachel Marker @rachelmarker, Evan Mosier @emosier3, Mandi Tolen @TTmomTT, Craig Klement @craigklement, Tara Martin @taramartinedu, Krista Harmsworth @zonie71, Anne Kamper @annekamper, Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm, Lance McClard @drmcclard, Stephanie DeMichele @sdemichele or David Platt @herrplatt!.
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