La Hora del Código
It is Computer Science Education Week. This is a worldwide movement to get schools
PS 24 is a dual language (English and Spanish) PreK-5 elementary school in Sunset Park Brooklyn. The school is led by Jacqueline Nikovic and the student population is 88% Hispanic and 45% are English Language Learners.
We started in a kindergarten that was a dual language integrated co-teaching classroom. That means these students are being supported in their effort to acquire a second language (English).
The students were using cards with Spanish words on them like Empieza (start), B
This is a student showing the Chancellor and Borough President her instruction set.
By the time they get to fifth grade at this school, the students are doing Scratch programming in the computer lab.
In this photo below, the Chancellor was pair programming with a young man and a young woman (who unfortunately is blocked in this photo). Let’s just say the kids were doing the teaching and the Chancellor was doing the learning.
PS 24 adopted NYC’s CS4All program this year so it is the first year that teachers in the school are getting professional development in computer science education. Everybody I met at the school, the Principal, the teachers, and the students, seem incredibly excited about getting computer science in their school.
I was particularly impressed how
Though the teachers and students made it look easy yesterday, none of this is easy. The NYC Department of
Sometimes I struggle with how hard this work is. But when I go out to the schools, which I have done twice in the last month, I get totally energized. Seeing the excitement on the student’s faces makes it all worth it.