This year is the pilot year for our newest program at my school -- The SparTECHus Technology Academy. The goal of this academy is to expose students to jobs in the field of technology -- through the Google Business model as well as through hands-on experiences.
Thus, providing equal opportunities to all students in our school district as students develop critical thinking.
This year, I had over 150 students sign up for this course. My students are excited to learn in a non-traditional manner -- this will help further their love for education and computer science.
So often in education, we are stuck in the same pattern -- lecture, then homework. In my coding class, I want to change the way instruction is delivered. Using the 20% model, students will spend 80% of their time coding using the Python language.
On Fridays, students will use 20% of their time to think critically and analyze video games and cell phone applications, thus teaching students through hands-on activities what works well and what doesn't work well.
The goal? Translate their experiences from (using the Classic NES and Classic NES controllers) into the apps they make so that their current and future stakeholders are happy with their success.
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