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Coding at the elementary level isn't that unique anymore. Many teachers across the nation are incorporating this 21st Century skill into their lessons. What is pretty cool, though, is the Avondale Elementary School District. They are starting their second year of teaching all students in the district computer programming as a required class. Students from Kindergarten through Eighth grade take a daily 40 minute coding class as part of the district mandated curriculum. Another great part about this is that 71% of the students are minorities and the same percentage receive free/reduced lunch. This coding initiative was done on a $0 budget. Compare that to the $81 million NYC is planning to spend on their coding initiative (not to mention the 10 year timeline they have). Avondale is a great example that you don't need to be a large school district like NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco to implement coding classes for all students right now!
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Thanks, Grant. I'm catching up on my tweets and responses after trying to go dark this weekend. Not always successful, but I try.
I'm starting to read your blog and feel this would be an excellent topic for one or more Cool Teacher Shows. Please contact Chris & me with any ideas and what you'd like to talk about . . .
I'm not currently running a classroom, but last year I used game-based learning to motivate my students in a blended unit. The link below has a very brief summary. Let me know if you'd like more information. Have a great day!
Thanks, Byron. Reminded me of the great presentation Chris did about Blowing up the Gradebook--which was not well-received by everyone, BTW! Please contact Chris & me to get in our schedule and let us know what you'd either like to talk about or provide as information about game-based learning and your experiences in the classroom.