■ By Alex Cass / Contributed
Hemet Unified School District is committed to providing every tool necessary to our students to ensure they are successful in the 21st century. In order to do this, our educators must be proficient in various technology programs and devices. HUSD has created a “Tech Know” program for teachers to educate them on the proper use of technology programs to engage students in the classroom.
Recently, many of our “Tech-Know” teachers brought their classes to participate in the Hour of Code, an hour-long introduction to computer science and programming. Tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries participated in this global movement provided by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org.
Various events were held around HUSD to introduce students and parents to computer science and programming. A Parent Night was held at Harmony Elementary where more than 60 parents and students worked together to explore technology and participate in coding projects. Staff received positive feedback from the families and were happy to see how excited the students were to learn about computer science. Joseph Pollock, a HUSD teacher, described the event as a huge success and was very pleased with the fact that the number of participants tripled from the prior year.
By introducing coding skills to kids early on in their education, we hope to encourage them to explore sequential thinking and reasoning. One day, students may take advantage of these newfound skills by applying for the hundreds of thousands of job opportunities that are currently unfilled in the field of computer science,” – Technology Coach Michael Canon
At Little Lake Elementary, the class of Jason Ax spent a few hours exploring coding. When the fourth graders were asked the question, “What did you like about coding?” their responses ranged from the prospect of making their own games, the variety of things you can create, and how much fun it was to try something new and interesting to them.
“By introducing coding skills to kids early on in their education, we hope to encourage them to explore sequential thinking and reasoning. One day, students may take advantage of these newfound skills by applying for the hundreds of thousands of job opportunities that are currently unfilled in the field of computer science,” said Technology Coach Michael Canon, who expressed pleasure in leading two classrooms at Winchester Elementary through the Hour of Code.
HUSD hopes to encourage more classrooms to participate in Hour of Code, which can be accessed throughout the year. To learn more about the Hour of Code visit www.hourofcode.com.