csedweek quote from Mark Zuckerberg "In fifteen years we'll be teaching programming just like reading and writing ... and wondering why we didn't do it sooner"
Mark Zuckerberg quote at http://code.org

Computer Science Education Week – CSEdWeek

@CSEdWeek is near and I plan to do a couple different activities on my campus (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara which is in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

I am planning on sessions for kids (middle school up to high school) as well as sessions for colleagues on my campus that would like to get introduced to coding. I will need some help so will be enlisting fellow colleagues and CS students on campus to aid me in the implementation, see below for more info about CSEdWeek 2013 about how to get involved either with me locally or in your locatio

How to Help and get Involved

If you are interested in attending my local event(s) or perhaps in recruiting kids through your school contacts in the city or colleagues here on campus, please let me know. My contact information is here on the blog.  If there are any of my students (I don’t like to use the term ex-student) that have time to help, that would be awesome as well. Sponsors are welcome, so ask your boss (or perhaps you already have budget control for sponsorship).

From the CSEdWeek site:

During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15)

Inspire your students – show them a video

We’ll have an Hour of Code video by CSEdWeek. For now, check out these videos, featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Black Eyed Peas founder will.i.am and NBA star Chris Bosh talking about the importance of programming. (There are 1 minute5 minute, and 9 minuteversions)

Get your students excited – give them a short intro

Most kids don’t know what computer science is. Here are some ideas:

  • Explain it in a simple way that includes examples of applications that both boys and girls will care about (saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
  • Try: “Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”
  • Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more.”

via Learn | The Hour of Code 2013

Thanks and Feedback

Special shout out to Mark Guzdial for his post about this earlier today. I have known about CSEdWeek for awhile and was planning to do “something”; his post this morning pushed me to action.

Please add encouragement, offers for help and ideas in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Planning for CSEdWeek 2013

  1. hi ken im eduardo bioedicalengineering Student at ITESM Guadalajara. I’ve been intrested for almost a year on creating a coding school focus on children. I would like to help and may be get involved on CSEdWeek. If there is anything i could help with please let me know.
    Thanks on advance.

    [email protected]

    1. Thanks for the interest. Unfortunately the timing is poor since Monday is way to busy here on campus with the deadline for teachers submitting grades (and guess what, teachers wait until the last minute usually).

      Despite that and that my grades should be all done tomorrow, I travel to Monterrey for an Innovation in Educational Technology conference from Tuesday-Friday which pretty much kills the week.

      We will be in touch though, I am planning some events for 2014.

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