The Hour of Code

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Maxwell's Notes

Today’s students are growing up in a world very different from the one in which their teachers did, and there are fascinating opportunities awaiting this generation. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for educators and schools to anticipate which skills these students will need after they graduate.

There has been a lot of talk about 21st Century Skills, with a popular model from the US identifying the four ‘essential’ 21st Century skills as; communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking – the 4Cs. I’m a fan of this model and I’ve found that students genuinely enjoy projects and activities which enable them to develop these skills.

Alongside communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, I’ve recently been converted to the idea that there is another 21st Century skill which every student should be introduced to, because it is the quintessential 21st Century skill – computer coding.

Many people still think that learning…

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