Hour of Code Teaches Technology

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Students from all across the district participated in the Hour of Code during early December’s Computer Science Education Week. Younger students wrote programs to make Disney characters dance, while others developed web pages or created complex computer and gaming scenarios.

As part of the Hour of Code, the district gave a Kindle Fire tablet to Commack Road student Kevin McBride, who was selected at random from the nearly 300 Islip students who participated. McBride and his class did coding with their teacher, Joan Heuer.

“I had fun using Minecraft to destroy blocks,” said McBride, but according to Heuer, she knew that all the while he was learning sequencing, problem solving and programming.

“Computers an important part of every industry, and 21st Century graduates need to be skilled in technology regardless of their career goals,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s instructional technology liaison and director of fine and performing arts. “Corporations like Google aren’t just hiring programmers – they’re hiring creative people with a strong technology background. We want to position our students to be technology leaders in all industries.”

Just because Computer Science Education Week is over, the Hour of Code is not. The nonprofit Code.org is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. Families and students who would like to try coding can choose from nearly 200 online and offline activities by visiting https://hourofcode.com/us/learn.