As mentioned in my last post, I was one of the lucky students to get Mrs. Aspinall in Grade 7.
She mentioned coding in a math class but I never thought I'd go for it. A week later, she said we could create a program instead of writing our test. I began to code and I found where I've always wanted to be.
I started to code multiple projects across my 8 subjects.
My classmates didn't go for it. I was one of the only ones that went for this "coding".
In December of that school year, I taught a school in Sarnia how to code a Christmas Card using Twitter. I tweeted with #AGTeachesCoding so the class could follow along. This was an amazing experience for our class at RDHS and Mr. Owen's in Sarnia.
I continued to code throughout the school year and I decided to join the #csk8 chat with Mr. Aspinall one night. It seemed that I was the only student to ever join this twitter chat.
After being truly inspired, I began my own chat, #csforstudents.
Students should be taught coding. Every province EXCEPT Ontario is developing a coding curriculum.
In 2020, there will be 1 000 000 computer science jobs and 3/4 of those jobs will be unfilled.
Coding is not something that's only entertaining, it lets students problem solve, be creative and collaborate.