One of the big myths of the world of education and technology is that teachers need to know how to code before they can teach it themselves (It’s actually Myth #1 on Simon’s list of 5 Myths of Coding in the Classroom).
As he puts it:
"Teachers are some of the hardest working people in the world, and some of the busiest, spending all day teaching, and all night marking and preparing for the next day. I know, my partner is a teacher and I see it every day.
So how can you expect a teacher to learn to code before teaching it? Plain and simple: you can’t. And you shouldn’t.
Why? Because today we have self-directed learning tools like Scratch.mit.edu (K-5) andvizwik.com (Grade 6-12) that provide game-like environments for students to learn on their own. Teachers now need to become facilitators of coding in the classroom, providing basic guidance and encouragement for students to find solutions to their problems, not become coding experts. That knowledge has already been woven into the fabric of these tools that the students discover and learn"
We hope this short presentation helps encourage teachers to give coding a try in their classrooms.