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Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 Hour of Code

Laurie Delaney, Tech Integrator

The 2016 Hour of Code is coming and the Bonny Eagle elementary schools are getting ready! The elementary tech coaches, Mrs. Gleason, Mrs. Vetro, and I, recently collaborated in a professional development session to plan some awesome opportunities for our K-5 students. The Hour of Code, a movement that reaches tens of millions of students worldwide, will be happening in our schools during Computer Science Education Week, December 5th-11th. This global event was founded by a non-profit organization called code.org, which pushes parents, educators, and community leaders, to give students opportunities to learn computer science, and is backed by some of the world's most powerful corporations, foundations, and individuals. 

Are you still wondering what's the big deal? Well, currently, there are 517,393 high-paying computing jobs available nationwide, and last year there were 42,969 computer science graduates. These computing jobs are available in every industry and in every state, and they are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs! By participating in the Hour of Code, we can inspire our students to learn the language of computers, which, in case you haven't noticed, are running almost every aspect of our lives! One hour (or more) of code is a pledge that we've made to help our students learn about an opportunity that could change their lives and even the world! What are you waiting for? Visit code.org to start coding yourself. It's never too late to try!