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Getting Creative with Computer Science

I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.

– STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW

photo 1Chances are, you have heard about coding. So what is all the fuss about? When thinking about Computer Science, people tend to think of boring and isolated jobs occupied by a stereotypical male working in front of the computer all day long. However, this is a misconception. Computer Science jobs are exciting, in demand, highly team orientated and constantly require creativity and imagination.

Computer Scientists find clever ways to tackle big problems so it is no surprise that there are so many new digital roles being created across all sorts of fields including media, science, business, sports, mining, defence, infrastructure and transport.

Computer Science provides you with good problem solving skills and practical skills that are applicable to not only many careers, but everyday life. From the car you drive to the phone you use and the games you play, computer science plays a key part. In fact, for practically any area you can think of there is an application of computer technology.

Still not convinced? Take a look at the great YouTube videos below that are also great to share with staff and students.

As a result, I have just completed a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): CSER Digital Technologies F-6 which explained the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum (Foundation-6).

This course helps you to integrate digital technology into your classroom with specific and useful examples while also providing a community designed to share resources and support.

The course, supported by Google, is free for educators in Australia and I highly recommend it. Click here for more information.

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What are your thoughts and experiences regarding coding in and outside of the classroom?

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