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Get Your Code On: Empowering All Students Through Computer Science in the Classroom

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**This presentation accompanied a podcast that can be accessed here: bit.ly/1vmTdDj

Computer programming is one of the most lucrative fields with web development, app development and software development leading the pack in Silicon Valley's hottest startups.

However, data shows us that people of color and women face incredible obstacles in computer science and the tech field in general. In this presentation I show some diversity in tech statistics, which is a call to arms for all educators! We must ensure that all of our students feel confident in computer science so that they can claim these high paying jobs of the future.

Computer science education is a civil rights issue and it is up to us as educators to empower our students to succeed!

Please check out the learning to code links in the presentation and feel free to tweet me with any programs that I may have missed. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Get Your Code On: Empowering All Students Through Computer Science in the Classroom

  1. 1. Dr. Will Deyamport III @iamDrWill Katie Williams, M.Ed. @fiberopticnow
  2. 2. Future job growth in computer programming is exponential.
  3. 3. We must ensure that all of our students can get these high-paying jobs of the future!
  4. 4. We must ensure that all of our students believe that computer science is a field for them!
  5. 5. There’s a huge opportunity in the field of computer science *Code.org
  6. 6. But, the playing field in the tech field is unfortunately NOT EQUAL.
  7. 7. Women graduating with Computer Science degrees *Code.org
  8. 8. *Gigaom Silicon Valley’s diversity problem is huge.
  9. 9. The state of California is roughly 60% people of color. Yet Google (headquartered in California) is only 2% Black & 3% Hispanic! *Census Bureau + Google
  10. 10. The United States is roughly 50% female. Yet only 20% of software engineers are female! *Census Bureau + Google
  11. 11. Yes, this is how we should all feel.
  12. 12. There is a system of privilege that benefits white people and especially white men in the tech sector.
  13. 13. What can we do as educators?
  14. 14. We must ensure that all students feel confident to pursue careers in the tech sector.
  15. 15. You don’t need to know how to code to encourage your students to code!
  16. 16. There are tons of great initiatives to teach computer programming online! www.codecademy.comhttp://scratch.mit.edu Elementary Middle-High
  17. 17. Find a list of resources at: http://learn-computer-programming.zeef.com
  18. 18. Learn more about diversity in tech at: https://katie-williams-med.zeef.com Lots of links to videos and articles. Feel free to suggest great articles I missed!
  19. 19. Great accounts and hashtags to follow on Twitter #edtech #educolor @Codeorg @Code2040@BlackGirlsCode
  20. 20. Dr. Will Deyamport III @iamDrWill Katie Williams, M.Ed. @fiberopticnow Tweet us! How are you promoting inclusive computer science education in your classroom?

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