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Via potatopirates.game which recently posted resources to help you get started with computer science and even teach it:
According to Code.org, more girls and underrepresented minorities are getting into computer science. Not only that, more than 800,000 teachers have taken steps to introduce coding into the classrooms. These numbers are truly inspiring, but you’re probably wondering, what exactly is the benefit of learning to code?
Many educators have realized the importance of coding as well and more K-12 schoolsare starting to offer Introduction to Computer Science modules to their students. There has been a huge 415% jump from 2010 to 2018 of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam.
The future regarding employment for computer science majors also looks bright. Recent analysis of employment projections from the Bureau of Labour Statistics also shows that by 2024, 73% of STEM job growth will be in computer occupations. A computer science major can earn up to 40% more than the average college graduate according research done by the Hamilton Project. Of course, exploring computer science is not easy. You have to start somewhere and have to know how to start.
Before we start exploring ideas for ways to start teaching coding, we need to at least understand what it is all about.
Now we all love videos, they make it easy to understand ideas and visuals are very helpful when learning something complex.
Hence, I have made a list of some short videos that explain certain concepts and can help give you a better idea
of what these concepts are about.
There are tons of games that are fun and engaging that can introduce coding to kids and do so with no screens attached. There is constant worry about children spending too much time in front of their screens, and there are reasons to be. Had I listened to my mother when she scolded me for using my phone for too long, I might have had 20/20 vision today.
These activities are all easy to set up and make learning computer science a whole lot of fun. To help you decide which one to pick, I have also added in which concepts each activity targets.
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