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According to Ashley Cronin, Digital Resources Curator, chances are high that computer science literacy will be increasingly relevant for jobs of the future. Some theorists even suggest that the ability to read and write code is a fundamental 21st-century competency. Yet, according to an August 2015 Gallup survey, many students get little exposure to these concepts at school; opportunities are even more limited for low-income students (2015). 
 
Most of us have a vague idea that a knowledge of computer science will help you get a job, but the actual numbers are pretty shocking:

  • New programming jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of students entering the field.
  • More than 50 percent of all math and science jobs are for computer scientists.
  • Computer science jobs are the highest-paying jobs for new college graduates (Code.org).

Software powers our economy, but, less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a CS degree. That means there aren’t going to be enough graduates to fill the jobs. To make matters worse, 95 percent of US schools don’t teach programming.

Fortunately, there’s something we can do about it.  Again this December, we in Newton-Conover City Schools are going to give students a taste of coding by participating in a national hour of computer science instruction called the Hour of Code. The hour is part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-9), and our goal is to get kids to think, create, and have a blast — all while learning some computer programming.

 

From device-led activities to unplugged activities, the Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week is an opportunity to open that door to better our students and our community.  Newton-Conover City Schools is pleased to announce that we are supporting and advocating for the Hour of Code initiative in our district from December 5th-9th, 2016!

We are asking all teachers in Newton-Conover to
Take the N-CCS Pledge for Coding now
for one day between 12/5-12/9!  

Want to get involved?!  You know you do.  Here’s how!:

  • Click here for the 2016 N-CCS Hour of Code Hyperdoc — filled with turn-key coding resources by grade level, and information on the available rewards for you, your students, and your school!
  • Click here to Take the Pledge for your students to do an Hour of Code next week!
  • Click here to see who has taken the pledge (and nudge others in your school to do the same!). 
    • Our goal for participation next week is at least 1,000 Newton-Conover students, and we can’t meet that without your help!
  • Click here to submit student products (completely optional).
Rewards for Teachers:
If you take the pledge and your classroom participates, you will receive a large, exclusive 
N-CCS-endorsed Digital Badge of Honor!
 
Rewards for Schools:
If at least 75% of classrooms in your school take the pledge and participate in an Hour of Code next week, the school will receive a Special Edition, Custom-Designed Hour of Code Banner as bragging rights for their school, and will be entered into the N-CCS Hour of Code Hall of Fame — as well as district-wide and media recognition and coverage for each winning school, with the banner!  The reigning champions for last school year are Shuford Elementary and South Newton Elementary, both of which received a large banner to show off their achievements in their front office!
 
Rewards for Students:
There is a link in the Hyperdoc above for you to print custom Hour of Code Certificates for students in your classroom!

Thank you for being an important part of preparing our students for a future we can’t predict.  To learn more about ways to increase CS learning for K-12 students, read the 2016 Gallup report Trends in the State of Computer Science in U.S. K-12Schools.  We hope you will build better students by participating in Hour of Code in Newton-Conover City Schools next week!

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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