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Nationwide Coding Initiative

By Deborah Williams

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Teaching cursive writing in America’s schools is seen as obsolete, so many are calling for replacing that instruction with teaching students what they will need later in life.  Even though America is the birthplace of tech companies, it has not produced students with the computer skills needed for future generations.  Tim Walker’s article on the NEA Today website reports on a recent nationwide activity sponsored by Code.org.

During its Hour of Code Initiative, more than ten million students across the nation completed the online tutorial to learn the basics of coding during Computer Science Week.  Proponents noted that students benefitted from the experience.  One teacher recalled, “My students were creating, thinking critically, and working together. And it may eventually give them a career path in an extremely important field.”

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