Most of you know what we home school our kids. It’s not something we plan to do forever but it’s working for us now. Even though we’re not in school I do keep up with what’s going on in schools and one thing I love is the Hour of Code. It bothers me that logic or coding isn’t taught in school.
Today in America, 60 percent of K-12 schools do not teach computer programming, and in four years, there will be a projected 1.4 million computing related jobs available. With these types of jobs expected to grow at twice the rate of all others, let’s educate today’s youth for the economy of tomorrow.
This is why we are learning code using scratch. It’s free for all to use and fun for the kids. But also I think it’s important that brands like Microsoft also get involved so I’m happy to share they have. Microsoft and Code.org unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for students and educators created for Hour of Code, an annual global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11. This new web-based, free tutorial uses the fun and engaging Minecraft environment to teach computer science and coding skills to inspire students around the world to create with technology.
This is a fantastic way to encourage kids to learn code because it’s using something most of them are interested in anyway. My son LOVES Minecraft he reads all the books, the gaming manuals and of course plays the game.
Microsoft believes everyone should have access to learn the problem-solving and critical thinking skills required in today’s tech fueled world which is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With 40 percent of schools in the U.S. not teaching computer science, Microsoft aims to reach students most likely to be among those without access, particularly girls and minorities.
I also believe that parents need to get involved and there are so many resources out there you just have to look. Plus it doesn’t take that much time every day to help them. Invest in your kids future now and get them excited about technology.
Tips for Encouraging Your Family to Code:
· Create your World: Minecraft Hour of Code Designer teaches students to create their own Minecraft experience where they can program the rules.
· Code for an Hour: During CS Education Week, Dec. 5-11, stop by one of the hundreds of FREE workshops hosted by Microsoft Stores across the globe and join in on the fun to create your own Minecraft experience.
- Get your School Involved: Ask your school to host an Hour of Code event! Microsoft offers free lesson plans and resources to get teachers, parents and volunteers started. Sign up at www.hourofcode.com.