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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Thursday, July 21 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
It's Computer Science, Not Rocket Science

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Computer Science has become a ‘hot topic’ these days. Why? Because the study of computer science can lead to high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers. From President Obama to your local board of education, there have been calls to make computer science and coding available to all students of all ages and across all demographics: Computer Science for All. In a recent legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers mandated that K-12 schools include Computer Science in their curriculum - and other states have enacted similar mandates. But what does that mean? How are teachers who are not computer programmers supposed to learn the skills needed to teach their students coding? Don’t be intimidated - there are tons of online resources that can help you provide meaningful activities, learn along with your students, and have fun!

This presentation will demonstrate resources that make computer science accessible and fun. Teachers will leave with a wealth of free or inexpensive resources for including computer science, computational thinking and coding activities into their classrooms. 

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Marcy Reed

Co-Director, BLC16, November Learning
Marcy joined the BLC Staff during the early years of Building Learning Communities, and has been an active participant at BLC each summer since BLC's debut at Roger Williams College!Marcy is an educator with years of experience at the secondary level where she has taught subjects... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All