Author: Bob Hand
At the beginning of this year, President Obama began an initiative called “Computer Science for All” to empower students around the nation with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to reflect: how has the American educational system changed to incorporate computer science into the curriculum? What can teachers do to further this goal? Read the complete post here.
Brainly is a social learning network designed for students to both seek out and provide help to their peers across all subjects and grade levels. It is a completely free resource that can be beneficial for students looking for help as well as students who are interested in helping others in areas they are interested in. It’s a wonderful resource, that provides lots of fun incentives for getting students involved with helping each other. Read the complete review.
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Blog.
Written by Mary Snapp - Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
Today marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This annual initiative mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. Why does computer science education matter?
Right now, fewer than 3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States are in the field of computer science. Yet, computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and are among the top paying fields. Our tech fueled world is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020. Today, there are already more than 604,000 open computing jobs nationwide. However, only 40 percent of schools in the U.S. teach any form of computer science.
WriteReader is a tool for K-5 classrooms that is currently accessible through web browsers and and is designed to help improve reading skills by allowing students to write and publish their own digital books. It’s an excellent program, that is aligned to the CCSS, and that approaches reading instruction in a unique and engaging manner. Plus, you can get started with the basics of the app for free. Read the complete Review.
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