CEHS becomes Code.org regional partner, hosts Hour of Code Dec. 9

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Code.org are partnering to elevate computer science in K-12 schools.

CEHS becomes Code.org regional partner, hosts Hour of Code Dec. 9

28 Nov 2017     By Brad Stauffer

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Education and Human Sciences is partnering with Code.org to elevate computer science education for Nebraska K-12 students. Nebraska joins a nationwide network of regional partners that provide high-quality professional development to K-12 educators through local school district collaborations and work to build local communities of computer science educators statewide.

“The goal of our regional partnership with Code.org,” said Guy Trainin, professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education (TLTE), “is to establish the university as a regional hub for K-12 computer science. We will use our existing strong relationships with school districts and educators across the state to build the knowledge and capacity of K-12 teachers so they can better teach computer science to their students.”

Guy Trainin
Guy Trainin, professor, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.

The Code.org regional partnership will be part of TLTE’s Tech EDGE program that Trainin directs. Through Tech EDGE, Trainin has posted over 300 video podcasts and hosted 20 conferences to help teachers bring technology instruction to their classrooms. As a regional partner, Tech EDGE will leverage its expertise in hosting professional learning workshops for K-12 educators. Through the partnership the university will host a number of daylong computer science workshops, a five-day summer experience for educators, and host workshops for counselors and administrators of teachers participating or interested in Code.org professional learning programs.

Code.org will help provide initial funding for these efforts, help plan workshops and other activities, and provide expertise in recruiting participants. By the third year of the partnership, it is expected to be self-sustaining with support from other sponsors.

Code.org is perhaps best known for its annual Hour of Code global event designed to demystify code and demonstrate that anyone can learn to write code. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, and others. This year’s Lincoln Hour of Code will be held Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Nebraska Innovation Campus. It’s part of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10.

“Hour of Code is a chance for all of us to see what computer science is about,” said Trainin. “We hope it will spark interest in students to keep learning. Research shows that kids can pick up programming concepts before they know how to read and write. In fact, their brains are more receptive to computer languages at a young age, just like foreign languages.”

To register for Hour of Code, visit http://codelnk.org/hour-of-code.html.

Trainin added that others at Nebraska will support the regional partnership, including the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering Computer Science and the Nebraska Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.

College of Education and Human Sciences
Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education