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If a 90-Year-Old Can Learn to Code, What's Your Excuse?

The Hour of Code has a lofty goal: to get 10 million students to code for an hour this week.


The data says there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science in the year 2020 but we only have 400,000 students enrolled in computer science classes. That's why on Monday every student at Los Angeles' Foshay Tech Academy—and a large percentage of all students at Foshay, a K-12 school in the Los Angeles Unified School District—completed the Hour of Code.

If you are unfamiliar with the Hour of Code check out the two-minute video below and notice that even Google (!) dedicated its doodle on Monday to the Hour of Code:

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Want to Facilitate Real Learning? Free Yourself From the 'Expert' Trap

Teachers don't have to be experts when they celebrate the thinking and inquiry coming from the students.

I have a secret.

I am no longer the most knowledgeable person in my classroom. I am not sure who owns that title, but more often than not when it comes to teaching Scratch, App Inventor—and soon game design and computer science principles— it is not me. I feel a bit guilty about this, but it is just not possible anymore.

Should I spend hours researching and testing everything I do before I feel I am ready to present it to the class? Some may say yes, but I would like those same people to tell me when I should find the time for that. Or a better question: if I have to work this hard, what are the students doing? Shouldn't they be doing the problem solving? Shouldn't they be part of the research?

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How Do We Get Students Ready For the Jobs of the Future?

Getting students ready for the workforce and college is about teaching specific skills and nurturing a can-do mindset.

This story is the second in a six part editorial series exploring the balance between student learning and job skills. We’re asking leaders and thinkers in education and technology fields: Can America educate its way out of the skills gap? This series is brought to you by GOOD, with support from Apollo Group. Learn more about our efforts to bridge the skills gap at Coding for GOOD.

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