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Hour of Code encourages students to develop tech skills

jobs versus students

Chart shows how there are more jobs than students (Prepared by the Computer Science Education Week)

By Saba Long

Georgia educators are encouraged to participate in Hour of Code,  a global learning event any time during the week of Dec. 7.

The Hour Code believes: “Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.”

The theme for that week will be teaching students in technology so they can help fill the existing demand for jobs.

It just so happens that the Computer Science Education Week also will be happening during the week of Dec. 7-13, 2015.

Last, but not least, the Georgia Day of Code will be held on Dec. 10 – an event being presented by the Technology Association of Georgia and its education collaborative..

jobs versus students

Chart shows how there are more jobs than students (Prepared by the Computer Science Education Week)

So supporters of Local S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) should mark  their calendars for Day of Code on Dec. 10and participate in the various events.

More than 100 million students around the globe have participated in Hour of Code. The event introduces them to computer science in hopes to spark an interest in learning to code.

To sweeten the deal, all teachers who participate will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon.com, iTunes or the Windows Store. That should just about cover the price of the new Adele album. Teachers and others interested in organizing an event should visit the site to view tutorials and learn more information about the event.

Studies show Georgia has nearly 23,000 open computing jobs at nearly five times the state average demand. Of the 1,249 high school students who took the AP Computer Science exam this summer, females, Hispanics and African-Americans were significantly underrepresented.

Code.org has already partnered with a number of county school systems within metro Atlanta, but more advocacy is needed to ensure computer science is a clear priority for today’s students.

Saba Long

Saba Long is a communications and political professional who lives in downtown Atlanta. She serves as the senior council aide and communications liaison for Post 2 At-Large Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson. Most recently, Saba was the press secretary for MAVEN and Untie Atlanta -- the Metro Chamber’s education and advocacy campaigns in supportive of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Referendum. She has consulted with H.E.G. an analytics and evaluation firm where she lent strategic marketing and social media expertise to numerous political campaigns, including that of Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and the 2010 Clayton County transportation referendum. In 2009, Saba served as the deputy campaign manager for the campaign of City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. Previously, Saba was a Junior Account Executive at iFusion Marketing, where she lent fractional marketing strategy to various ATDC technology startups operating out of the Georgia Tech incubator, ATDC. For the past two years, Saba has presented on online marketing and politics to the incoming fellows of the Atlanta chapter of the New Leaders Council.


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