December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) was created to raise awareness around the need to elevate computer science education at all levels and to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers.
According to CSEdWeek, only 40% of schools teach computer programming and with computing jobs being the #1 source of new wages in the US the need for a diverse workforce is critical to our student’s future. This year, we’d like to share some ways for teachers and administrators to get involved in CSEdweek.
Participate in the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a great way for every student to try computer science for one hour. In 2015, the Hour of Code reached 100 million hours served, making the Hour of Code and CS Education Week the largest education campaign in history. Tutorials are available for all grade levels and will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or unplugged. Computer Science Education Week created a great how-to video and tutorials for your class.
Spread the word in your school or district
Computer Science Education Week offers an assortment resources to inspire students to try computer science. From inspirational videos and posters to district partnerships, they have taken the guesswork out of onboarding your entire community. Check out some of the noteworthy influencers that are sharing their commitment to computer science.
Share other resources & join the conversation
The number of computer science resources has grown significantly making it easier than ever to introduce new activities in the classroom. From educational resources to curriculums for elementary, middle, and high school there are plenty of new opportunities to teach computer science.
So don’t be shy! Join the conversation on Edmodo and Twitter by following Edmodo, CSEdWeek and Code.org. And if you can’t think of what to say, try this! Your students can also follow along all week on Snapchat as Edmodians share some of the amazing ways that computer science has changed their lives.