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 Workshops Help Educators Teach Computer Coding

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is helping local educators learn new ways to incorporate computer coding in the classroom with a free, three-day workshop in October.

The Coding in the Classroom series was organized for K-12 teachers, administrators, and after-school educators to learn about and get hands-on experience with a variety of coding programs.

SDCOE's Professional Learning and Technology Research team put together the series in response to requests from local superintendents, said Dr. Staci Block, who oversees the team.

"We know that funds are very limited for going to conferences, so we're trying to bring the most important resources here for educators," Block said. "They can walk away feeling comfortable setting up coding opportunities for their students."

This is important because 93 percent of parents want their child's school to teach computer science, but only 40 percent of schools do, according to Code.org.

This is the first Coding in the Classroom series organized by SDCOE, but Block said she expects there to be more.

"It's a new dynamic in education," she said.

It will feature coding applications and presenters from Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Most of the resources that will be highlighted at the workshop are free to educators.

Educators with little to no coding experience will leave the workshop able to teach coding fundamentals to their students. Lessons involving coding promote logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication, research shows.

Participants will receive free coding resources and curriculum, how-to guides, and planning tools.

Some of the resources that will be presented include:

  • Code.org Fundamentals Course
  • Hosting an Hour of Code
  • Apple's Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code
  • Microsoft's Minecraft
  • Google's Blockly
  • Scratch, Lightbot, and Code Monkey

The series is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, and 11 at SDCOE's main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego.

Click here for more information and to register.