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Computer Education: Going Beyond Code

  • March 08, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Byrd Pinkerton

NPR

Article excerpt

Should Computer Education Cover More Than Just Coding?

President Obama wants kids to learn to code. So much so, he’s pledged billions of dollars to teach them.

Our take

Getting to the Dreaming Behind the Doing

President Obama is putting money behind a desire to teach students to code and that’s a good thing. But, there’s more to computing than coding. A broader approach can help ensure understanding that can lead to new innovations and breakthroughs. How are you approaching computer instruction in your school system?

Coding seems to get all the love when it comes to computer instruction at both the K12 and higher ed levels. But, students need to understand more than just the tactical to-do’s of coding; they need to learn how to think innovatively about what opportunities computing can provide, not just how to code for those opportunities. In addition to coding, students need to think more creatively about all of the things that technology can help us to do—now and in the future. If we can dream it, we can do it—but first we must help students learn to dream.

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