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5 Myths of Coding in The Classroom

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A brief overview of Simon Gauvin's 5 Myths of Coding in The Classroom (http://j.mp/1BMsQIh).

"Currently, less than 10 percent of schools in North America teach coding, while 90 percent of all industries depend on it. This means that over the next 5 years demand for coders will exceed the supply, sending over a million coding jobs overseas."

"Coding is one of the easiest subjects to teach."

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5 Myths of Coding in The Classroom

  1. 1. 5 Myths of Coding in the Classroom
  2. 2. Why? Because today we have self-directed learning tools like Scratch (K-5)...
  3. 3. ...and Vizwik (Grades 6-12)
  4. 4. Teachers now need to become facilitators, not experts, because that’s already woven into the fabric of these tools.
  5. 5. The human brain processes images 60,000x faster than text.
  6. 6. Visual coding with symbols makes learning it a lot easier.
  7. 7. Coding is integrated into every aspect of human life. Arts, sports, media, agriculture, architecture, and STEM, to name a few.
  8. 8. Coding is no more subject-specific than a pencil or even a word processor.
  9. 9. Research shows that coding improves cognitive function across all subjects, not just coding.
  10. 10. Creating programmers is a myth. Coding creates creative learners.
  11. 11. The best coding tools, like Scratch and Vizwik, are free and run in a web browser.
  12. 12. No disk space, little processing power, no hardware upgrades required.
  13. 13. Some coding tools, like Vizwik, make use of smartphones but embed a simulator right into the browser.
  14. 14. These myths truly are myths. The future is coding in the classroom. The transformation started a few years ago.
  15. 15. Coding is the new literacy of the 21st century. Don’t let your students be left behind because of fear based on myths. Empower yourstudents!
  16. 16. Read the full article this presentation is based on with tips on trying something new...