Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What Most Schools Don’t Teach

Code.org has released their highly anticipated video to encourage more people, especially students, to learn how to code for computers. It’s one of the better videos I have seen with a lot of names and faces students will recognize and a few they will not. They may want to learn more about that later BTW.

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, NBA All-star Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

There are 1-minute, 5-minute (what is embedded here) and 9-minute versions. You can get them from code.org/teach They are available streaming, as downloads and they will even send schools DVDs if they don’t have classroom Internet.

5 comments:

Garth said...

Now all we have to do is convince schools to get rid of some well entrenched core subject and replace it with a "tech" subject for which there are no teachers. Opps.

Mike Zamansky said...

Garth -- you mean like when they rush through an overly ambitious program (like currently in NYC) where they'll provide a modicum of "training" to teachers and say "you're now a CS teacher."

Alfred Thompson said...

No doubt we have a bit of a chicken or egg situation. But we have to start moving something.

Alfred Thompson said...

Mike you are right about the need for more than minimal training. IN some ways an under prepared teacher is worse than not having the class at all.

Steph said...

Thanks for sharing this Alfred. It made me appreciate tech skills more.