21st Century Learning
EdWeb.net Launches 'Teaching Kids to Code' PLC
Professional learning and social network edWeb.net has launched a free professional learning community, Teaching Kids to Code, to help teachers integrate computer science and coding into their classroom lessons.
The new PLC hosts webinars and online discussions hosted by experts, leading-edge educators and industry leaders. The goal is to aid teachers in implementing computer science tools, curriculum and programs. edWeb.net’s founder and CEO Lisa Schmucki (pictured) commented, “Teaching Kids to Code is not about creating the next generation of game creators but preparing students for 21st century careers, and we are thrilled to offer teachers the opportunity to learn from experts and join in this very important discussion.”
In the PLC’s first webinar, Google's Kate Berrio and Mary Jo Madda of EdSurge introduced CS First, a program designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students (particularly those in underrepresented groups) interested in coding through after-school and summer programs.
The next webinar will feature Kiki Prottsam, the executive director of Thinkersmith.com. “Doing Your Part with Hour of Code,” will be broadcast live on Nov. 13 at 5 P.M. Eastern Time.
Christopher Piehler is the former editor-in-chief of THE Journal.