Urgency with Coding Now for the Future

I've heard Anne Jenks share numerous times the importance of teaching coding in school, especially with so many STEM professions available. If computer science careers are the number one source of jobs in the US, then we should have more computer science graduates, and therefore more coding/programming opportunities in K-12 classrooms.

The time is now to start teaching digital fluency and coding as part of literacy. Being literate in today's world, includes computer literacy.

Luckily, there are organizations, such as Code.org, dedicated to giving students opportunities to learn computer science.

How do you get started?

Below are a few places for getting started:

Device Elementary Secondary
iPadDaisy the Dinosaur
Tickle (older app)
Scratch Jr.
Laptop/Desktop Scratch
Various Code.org
Khan Academy

Final thoughts

There are so many more resources/sites available on multiple platforms than those aforementioned.

  • What are your favorite coding/programming sites to use with students?
  • How are you building STEM opportunities in your classroom/school/district?


  1. Great post. For elementary, don't forget Kodable. They have a K -5 curriculum now. Students in our school use the app on their iPads. Kodable School allows teachers to set up their classes and track progress.


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