What does it mean to be future ready for today’s students? Here is what we know:

  • Computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the United States;
  • Computing jobs are 58 percent of all jobs in STEM;
  • But only eight percent of STEM graduates are in computer science.

So, what does it mean to be future-ready for today’s students? Students need foundational computational thinking and coding skills that are necessary for technology-oriented careers.

In this on-demand webinar, Marcos Navas, Technology Facilitator from Union City Public Schools in New Jersey, makes this future-ready education accessible by providing a comprehensive overview of what teaching coding in the classroom means to students and empowering educators with little-to-no coding experience to integrate coding and computational thinking into instruction. Marcos:

  • Defines coding and computational thinking and explores the “coder mindset;”
  • Reviews why coding is important for jobs of the future;
  • Provides sample tools educators can easily use to introduce young students to coding;
  • And includes a variety of project examples that demonstrate student coding in action.

About the Presenter

Marcos Navas is a technology facilitator with the Union City school district in New Jersey and an active member of the maker, stem, and coding community. He was part of the first cohort of Raspberry Pi Certified Educators in the United States. He recently has completed his fellowship with IDEO’s Teachers Guild and launched Hands-on Coding, which allows the student to physically move and act out programs created with Coding Blocks. It turns the human into a computer and teaches children not just how to solve problems but also how to express themselves. Follow Marcos on Twitter @mrnavas