School-wide, ninety-four percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Ninety-Five percent of students are English Language Learners. The 4th-6th grade students I teach in the computer lab have diverse learning needs and are comfortable in a student-driven learning environment.
These Generation Z students are well-versed when it comes to technology and know their way around computers, tablets, and coding.
My students have participated in the annual Hour of Code for the past three years. As they look forward to their fifth year of Hour of Code and the beginning of the Computer Science curriculum, I hope to redefine their perception of what learning to code means.
My students will be participating in the Hour of Code again this school year. This program has inspired them to make coding part of their personal skill-set. I believe this is a skill that can provide a sound future for many of my students. As their teacher, I need to continue improving my own computer science skills through networking and in-person professional development conference such as the ICE Conference.
With three full days of one-hour general sessions, extended time workshops, focused snapshots, themed playgrounds, and a robust exhibit hall, this conference will help me grow professionally and further develop my skills as an Ed Tech Teacher.
The opportunity to attend the ICE conference will immediately translate to helping students grow their computer science skills.
My students will benefit from the expansion of our current Computer Science curriculum. Students' engagement, collaboration and curiosity will be positively impacted as I embed more sophisticated coding skills into the curriculum.
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