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Teachers learn to integrate coding skills in their curriculum with NCCAT

"Integrate Coding Skills Into Your Curriculum" will be held at NCCAT again in May. Visit www.nccat.org for more details.

CULLOWHEE - Teachers from across North Carolina joined the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching to learn how to code, how to integrate coding into y our curriculum, and the basics in robotics. The program was titled "Integrate Coding Skills Into Your Curriculum."

According to Code.org: computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. Most students, however, do not have the opportunity to learn to code. Teachers who took part in this program can help change this by inspiring students to learn more about computer science.

"Hands-on interaction with various robots such as Dash and Sphero and working in groups," said Cynthia Shoaf, a teacher at Lexington Middle School in the Lexington City School district. "The group dynamics helped me to reinforce the importance of student collaboration with each other. Also, the relaxed atmosphere in which we could try and fail and learn from our mistakes helped me relate to the need to allow students to have productive struggles in the learning process. I needed the breaks that were built into the schedule to continue my thoughts, expand on the activities we did, and reflect on applications to take back to my school."

Kia Owens, of Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School in Sampson County, added: "Being able to see what the outcomes have been for students and look at some data, made me take the need for introducing computer science in the classroom more seriously especially with keeping up with the 21st century. The videos and learning experiences given by fellow teachers was very rewarding and helpful."

This program will be held again May 6-9. Click here for more.

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