Computer Science

Careers in Computer Science

Careers in Computer Science – In a previous post, I tried to make sense of computer science and why it’s now being integrated at the elementary and many more secondary schools. I understand that computer science is so much more than coding. It’s a way of solving problems and developing solutions to those problems using computers. Who wouldn’t want those skills and knowledge?

But what troubled me was now that we are providing students the opportunity to acquire computer science skills, what do they do with them? For the most part, classroom teachers are not computer scientists, and I am fairly certain they do not have a degree in computer science (except for maybe teachers that teach CS).

This is where a conversation with a third teacher led me to research “what’s next?” For those students that are truly inspired by computer science and want to move in that direction what’s next?

Answering that question led me to research all the different careers for someone interested in computer science. The results were fairly extensive. I decided to begin this journey with two careers, computer programmers and software developers. Many articles, books, and blogs laters, I have a much better understand of the “what’s next?” in computer science education.

Careers in Computer Science

Having the opportunity to dig even deeper into computer science better prepares me to guide teachers and students to the understanding of “why” computer science is important. These jobs matter in a world dominated by technology and innovation. Our future workforce will not necessarily need to know how to code, but they will need to be good problem-solvers, team players, detailed oriented, risk-takers, and have lots of grit!

I would love to hear your thoughts! Shoot me an email or leave a comment!

Happy Teaching,

Tonya

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Computer Science, Professional Development

Computer Science Education Week #CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – is an annual event to promote computer science especially at the K-12 level. CS Education Week is so much more than learning to code and getting students to participate in the “hour of code.” Although the “hour of code” is a great intro to CS, there is just so much more to CS than coding. If you have a moment, check out my blog on Computer Science.

We EAT, LIVE, and BREATHE computer science each day. CS is embedded into every fiber of our existence.

  • Did you use your phone to wake you up this morning?
  • Did you use an app to pre order your coffee?
  • How about checking the map apps to see if there is any traffic?
  • Did you order your groceries online?
  • Did you create a flyer to promote an event at your work, school, church, etc…?

In a world where technology is now ubiquitous our students need to be equip to be producer of information rather than consumers.

Today, all 50 states have adopted computer science standards in K-12. All are at different levels of implementation. This past fall, VDOE provided Virginia school districts a computer science curriculum framework to assist and support teachers with the integration of CS into the curriculum.

Baby steps! And it’s not about buy-in! It’s changing the mindset of how we perceive the words computer and science. Understanding and realizing that for the most part we are already integrating many computer science concepts into our instructions (e.g. sequencing, events, algorithm, loops, etc…). It’s more about being intentional and purposeful with integrating those concepts into our daily instruction.

But how do we go about teaching our students? We begin with our teachers. I am by no means a computer science expert, but I have taken an interest. As opportunities are made available, I try to learn more about CS and how to integrate it into curriculum and share that knowledge with others.

This year, I created two CSEdWeek resources for teachers.

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CSEdWeek Resource for teachers, click HERE to download a copy.

Here’s a resource you can share with your teachers to provide them some teachable CS resources!

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Computer Science Education Week – BINGO

Share this resource with teachers, and have them take some time this month as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 9-13) to see why learning and teaching computer science has become part of the K-12 curriculum. 

Kudos to you for taking the next step in providing teachers and students the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and developers of solutions. Happy CSEdWeek!

Interested in learning about the different careers in computer science, click Careers in Computer Science.

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