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ERIC Number: EJ1115364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
The Future of K-12 Computer Science Instruction
Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten
State Education Standard, v16 n3 p24-31 Sep 2016
Children born since the early 1990s have never known a world in which computer and information technologies are not essential to every aspect of their lives. However, far too many young people, especially low-income and minority youth, lack opportunities to learn about the impact of computer and information technologies on their lives and become savvy consumers, creators, and innovators of those technologies. Led by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) convened the Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology, comprising state legislators, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, the executive director of a state board of education, and experts. The commission met in 2015 and 2016 to determine how states can help more young people, especially girls and students of color, learn computer science and explore exciting computing careers--and for some, to start journeys toward those careers while still in high school. This article presents five actions commissioned by SREB that states can take to help all students learn computer science and explore computing careers: (1) Develop Computer Science Standards; (2) Lay the Groundwork ; (3) Create Clear Pathways to Computing Careers; (4) Prepare Great Computer Science Teachers; and (5) Educate Communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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