Burlington Public Schools are committed to preparing students with the skills. abilities, and humanness to succeed beyond their preK-12 experience. It is hard for me to grasp that this year’s kindergarten students are the class of 2030…
School success can’t be thought of or measured as we experienced. We must redefine what it means to be successful. We must reach beyond test scores and learning in isolation. We have to prepare students for what they will experience and create. These are exciting times.
Coding/Computer Science is a relatively new foundational skill that we need to make room for in our already crammed curriculum. We have been partners with Code.org’s Hour of Code for all four years. The Burlington challenge is to continue to expand the opportunities for all students to reach proficiency in this evolving way of thinking and problem solving.
Message from Code.org Founder:
On its 4 year anniversary, the Hour of Code passed 500 million served – an incredible accomplishment for all the educators, nonprofits, corporations, and governments that support this global campaign.
Last month, 9 states and 76 school districts announced plans to expand access and diversity in CS. In Los Angeles, the district pledged to teach CS to every student. To celebrate, NBA superstar Chris Bosh visited Bancroft Middle School to speak about his own experience learning to code.
Among tech companies, Microsoft helped create a new edition of the ever-popular Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, Google changed their logo into a coding tutorial, Apple hosted an Hour of Code in every store and Tim Cook participated at a Shanghai school for the deaf, Amazon Web Services provided the technology platform to host the Hour of Code, and Accenture ran a video about the Hour of Code in Times Square.
We’re also happy to report that international excitement about the Hour of Code remains high: 59% of all Hour of Code events occurred outside of the United States in 2017! We’re so grateful to all of our international partners, teachers, and event organizers who celebrated Computer Science Education Week 2017. Read more about the worldwide impact of the Hour of Code this year.
From an Hour of Code to years of computer science
The Hour of Code is only a start, and 98% of participants said they’re interested in continuing to teach CS beyond one hour. To celebrate CS Education Week, over 31,000 educators made pledges to expand access and diversity in CS in their schools.
Access to computer science not only opens up opportunities, but also inspires creativity and innovation. Middle school students Crystal Reynaga and Angela Garcia Pena used an Adafruit circuit board in their class to develop a GPS connected wristband that pairs with a mobile app to help parents monitor their young children. We were proud to celebrate their accomplishments and the work of so many others this CSEdWeek.
Angela Garcia Pena showing off their wristband
The education system is changing, globally
Just the past few months, countries ranging from Ecuador to the UK to Malaysia have announced plans to expand access or support for computer science.
For example, the United Arab Emirates announced a plan to prepare one million coders. In Albania, Vodaphone offered the entire country free internet access during the Hour of Code to support education. In the UK, the government has committed £100 million to prepare new CS teachers.
This is your impact
Last month I was given the opportunity to speak about this movement on CBS This Morning, and to celebrate a special milestone: 10 million girls on Code.org. I wake up every day thankful to be part of a cause that has such incredible support.
At a time when global news seems dominated by conflict, the rapid adoption of computer science by schools worldwide showcases humanity’s potential for progress. This is thanks to everybody who has come together, from all backgrounds, to support the simple idea that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.
Happy New Year to all of you, and may 2018 have even more good news in store for computer science.
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