Programming as an Entry-Level Requirement
As technology in school systems grow there is an increasing need for teachers to be proficient in computer software beyond Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. With more courses moving to online formats, teachers are finding a need to become familiar with online Learning Management Systems (LMS), interactive games, and web design. With the new rise of these technologies it is becoming easier to create online classes through various software. However with all of these things coming forth in education it leads to the question: Is programming becoming a core skill for teachers?
With this week’s resources reflect on the following questions:
- Will programming become a necessary skill for teachers in the near future?
- What additional skills (i.e game design, web design etc) may be necessary for teachers in the near future?
- Will educational programs for teachers change to accommodate the need for online learning techniques?
Explain your reasoning for your answers using this week’s resources (linked below) and additional resources found on the web. For additional guidance please reference the grading rubric linked below.
In order to facilitate better discussion please submit your initial post by Friday and your responses to classmates by Sunday.
Heggert, K. (2014) Coded for Success: The benefits of learning to program Accessed December 8, 2015 http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/coded-success-benefits-learning-program
Orsini, L. (2013) Why programming is the Core Skill of the 21st Century Accessed December 8, 2015 http://readwrite.com/2013/05/31/programming-core-skill-21st-century
Serdyukov, P. (2015). Does Online Education Need a Special Pedagogy?. Journal Of Computing & Information Technology, 23(1), 61-74. doi:10.2498/cit.1002511
Solomon, G. (2015). FROM CODING TO CODING: Programming to Software to Web Tools to Apps to Programming in Classrooms. Tech & Learning, 36(2), 32-33.