Testimonials for the potential of coding to help students learn to think strategically from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.
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Reposted from Tech Crunch:
With its heady mix of Horatio Alger rags-to-riches success stories, its emphasis on individualism and privileging hard work and education, no industry is a better poster child for post-industrial American capitalism than the startup world of coders, marketers, and salesman. But underneath the headline-grabbing startup economy and its Silicon Valley billionaires are thousands of programming jobs at companies ranging from Avis to Winn-Dixie.
It’s those jobs that are the backbone of the tech economy, and they need to be filled. That’s why hundreds of continuing education programs — startup bootcamps, general assemblies and codeecademies — have cropped up across the country to train (or in some cases re-train) workers whose jobs had either been innovated or rationalized out of existence during the recession in 2008.
The problem of finding adequate programming talent has been getting worse every year, says Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, but he acknowledges it doesn’t have to be that way. “[Programming] is a trade that more people than you would expect can learn.”
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab; coding is for everyone. In a fun, Scratch demo-filled talk, Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies; they can create them.
Charlie Reisinger, IT Director for Penn Manor school district in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, discusses how he has empowered students to take ownership the hardware and software in his district’s 1-to-1 program, achieving significant cost-savings while fostering a culture of coding, collaboration, project management, problem-solving and the creation of new user applications. “I couldn’t create a program more rich,” he says, referencing the programming, troubleshooting and collaboration that takes place on a daily basis. In sharing his experience with educators everywhere, Reisinger hopes other schools will take advantage of this authentic way for students to work and grow as learners and doers.