Hour of Code
One local school system is preparing its students for the kind of thinking they’ll have to do in an increasingly digitized workplace. At the Calhoun County Schools District coding is exploding. The school system is answering the call for educational excellence by teaching computer coding fundamentals. It is joining in on the largest learning event in history - "The Hour of Code" - during Computer Science Education Week this week. Each day students are learning coding fundamentals, critical thinking, collaboration and analysis skills, so they can write actual computer code for apps, robotics, and other uses.The school system is participating in the movement to highlight its computer science curriculum. With hundreds of local students participating in the program and more than 100-million around the world… The program boasts the single largest population of students participating in a school system wide event. This is the second year of participation for Saks Elementary School. According to researchers, this pioneering 21st century curriculum and emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math makes the “Hour of Code” approach unique. The program enables students to more quickly grasp the fundamentals of coding at an early age. This accelerates digital literacy and prepares them for success in high school, college and ultimately for 21st century jobs.