Codesters Team presented at Teachers College EdLabs

Edlab presentation
https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/24723

On Wednesday, September 16th, Gordon Smith and the Codesters team presented at Teachers College EdLabs.

Our talk elicited many interesting comments, such as one from user jagnitti (@02:59): With that logic, it’s also important for all adults to learn coding, too, or else get squeezed out of the job market by these young whippersnappers!

Other users, such as tzaffi (@05:30) philosophized: In principle, anything you can do with a regular programming language can be done with a block language as well. But….since in industry, standard text based programming is still standard, it makes sense to expose students to both kinds of programming. 

Have a look at the vialogue and feel free to drop us a comment.

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Inspiring Leadership on Coding in NYC Schools

On Friday, in an op ed in the NY Daily News, New York City’s schools chancellor Carmen Fariña made a strong case for teaching coding in schools. She argues that if we want students to “go out into the world knowing they can do anything” then it is crucial to teach them STEM skills, particularly coding. She goes on to say, “we’re training the next generation of citizens and our future workforce.”

Chancellor Fariña believes that a key to success is “bringing together our public and private sectors to create more STEM programs available to students of all ages” and mentions three programs supported by AT&T that partner with DOE: the Software Engineering Pilot (“SEP”), Girls Who Code, and Pathfinders. We wholeheartedly agree and are proud to partner with all three of these excellent programs. Codesters hosts interns from Pathfinders and provides our platform and coding curriculum to SEP schools and to Girls Who Code clubs across the US.

Chancellor Fariña is joined by other city leaders, prominent institutions, and corporations in the work to expand coding in schools. The ​New York City Foundation for Computer Science (“CSNYC”), started by venture capitalist Fred Wilson, funds programs such as SEP and district schools such as the Academy for Software ​for Software Engineering (“AFSE”). CSNYC has already helped bring coding education to 100 schools as part of its mission to “to ensure that all of New York City’s 1.1 million public school students have access to a high-quality computer science education”. Microsoft, together with CSNYC, support the TEALS program that brings volunteer software engineers into city public high schools to teach coding. Google has launched CSFirst, creating new after-school coding clubs across the city. And under the leadership of Senior Director of K-12 education, Diane Levitt, the city’s investment in Cornell Tech is already producing tangible outcomes in growing coding programs in the city’s public schools.

​Working directly with, and listening to, local communities in neighborhoods across the city will be key to the success of these efforts. In Brooklyn, ​Borough​ President Eric Adams is collaborating with CEC members, community leaders, principals, ​teachers, and parents​ on a campaign to make Brooklyn the first of the boroughs to offer coding in every school, which an emphasis on helping schools with less economically less advantaged communities.​ Adams sees that a critical success factor to these efforts to expand coding in schools will be the input, buy-in, and support of all New Yorkers.

​What all these leaders recognize is​ that getting coding into schools is a ​means to ​ensuring that all students have access to opportunities in our future economy. Fariña’s statements and these various city and local initiatives are signs that New York City​ is arriving at the critical moment when we rise to the challenge of getting coding into schools. The Codesters team is excited to be part of the movement and I am personally inspired by the leadership I am witnessing.

Best,
Gordon Smith
Head Codester
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Welcome to I CODE IN SCHOOL !

Welcome to I Code In School, a resource for the community of educators working to integrate coding into schools.

We believe that coding is the digital literacy for the next generation.

We believe that coding should be taught to students by integrating it into the academic curriculum at schools.

We are committed to partnering with  teachers and administrators to overcome the barriers to teaching coding in schools.

Through this blog we will share ideas and lessons learned as we pursue our mission. We will also provide resources and information about opportunities in the learn-to-code space.

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Best,
– Gordon Smith
Head Codester

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