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Why teachers are teaching keyboarding earlier

Education Dive – Staff Writer

“When teachers were students themselves, they learned touch typing as well. As skilled professionals today, they devote a portion of class time to keyboarding practice. Inept teachers move quickly to other Information Technology skills believing there are more important things on which to focus.” (more)

Student Voices: Why all kids need to learn computer science

The Seattle Times – Hallie Chen

“Learning how to code didn’t come naturally. I spent countless nights trying to find a rule or concept to help me perform simple, seemingly useless tasks. One that stumped me: reversing a list of five numbers. Search as I might in textbooks, there was no scientific concept to get me through the slog. What I needed to do to find the answer was to liberate myself from the mindset that 10 years of formal schooling had drilled in to me — as long as you memorize an equation, definition, or process, you can solve the problem.” (more)

Why leveraging computer science is crucial to every classroom

E-School News – Aimee Kroll

“In the ever-changing technological world, computer science is not only becoming more prominent in classrooms, but a staple in education. Computer science combines the principles of technology and use of computers to educate learners on both the hardware and software of computer technology. The field of computer science is exceptionally diverse, as the skill sets are in-demand across practically every industry—serving as a lucrative and stable career pathway.” (more)

3 Reasons Students Aren’t Into Computer Science—Yet

Ed Surge – Jaime Perez

“I attended Everest Public High School in Redwood City, Calif., and during the years that I was in high school, never once did I hear about computer science, coding or hackathons. To this day, I still do not have a clear idea of what those phrases really mean. However, I am not the only one who seems to be in the dark. So many students go through their entire high school career without being exposed to computer science—a rapidly growing field of study that is an important key to opening doors to jobs at tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook. And ever since I started interning with the Code Next team at Google this past summer, I became even more curious to understand: Why aren’t students into computer science?” (more)

In a New Survey, Teachers Say There’s a Disconnect in Computer Science Education

Ed Surge – Tina Nazerian

“Is there a disconnect in current efforts to teach computer science? Some teachers think so. In a new survey, 88 percent of teacher respondents said they believe computer science is critical for students’ success in the workplace—but two in 10 teachers said their students aren’t taught any computer science. Commissioned by Microsoft, in time for Computer Science Education Week, the survey was conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov, who surveyed 540 K-12 teachers.” (more)

Opinion: If the U.S. Wants to Protect Itself Against Cyber Warfare, It Must Invest Big in K-12 Computer Science

The 74 Million – Andrew Lewis

“A yearly rite of passage for state lawmakers across the United States is creating an annual budget, and as sure as the sun will rise and set, there will be debate about K-12 expenditures. Go to any state capitol building and you will hear arguments over whether the state is spending too much or too little to properly educate its public school students.” (more)