According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of today’s students will have careers that don’t exist yet. So how can educators play their part in ensuring students are future-ready? By teaching foundational skills that set them up for success in a broad range of fields.
21st-century skills should pair with 21st-century ways of thinking, speaking, and writing. Coding is the language of the future, and will soon be considered the next “blue collar job” in the sense that it’s highly automatable. What normally would have been tasked to human hands will soon fall to machines that are programmed to do the programming for us — regardless of whether this is in the interest of safety, cost, or convenience.
But what about those of us that have never coded before, much less taught code? Start with an hour. Every year, Code.org organizes the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week (December 4th – 10th). The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
littleBits’ Hour of Code’s activities range from beginner to comfortable,can be self-guided or teacher-led, and are meant to be paired with the littleBits Code Kit. Here are the littleBits activities featured in Hour of Code’s robotics activities section:
The best part? In partnership with Code.org, educators who register for any Hour of Code activity are entered into a drawing for a chance to receive littleBits Code Kits (plus other cool robotics tools!) for their classroom.
We look forward to empowering everyone to create inventions large and small, and to joining Hour of Code in their mission to remove the perceived barriers to coding.
Tag #HourOfCode and #littleBits to be part of the movement, and inspire others to join in. We can’t wait to see what you create!
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