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Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 2:55pm Age: 41 days
Category: High School

BUSINESS SOFTWARE STUDENTS LEARN NEW LANGUAGE SKILLS


Students in Mrs. White’s business software basics participated in the 2017 global Hour of Code event, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10). 

Grant Renner, a 9th grader was coding for the first time. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. It took some getting used to the format, but it’s really interesting, and I want to keep learning,” Grant said. He hopes to pursue an education and career path involving computer technology.

The business software basics course focuses on business applications of programs such as Power Point and Excel. Students also learn about the evolution of computers, imagine the future of technology, develop online research skills, and discuss Internet safety.

The decision to integrate coding into the curriculum reflects the growing number and variety of occupations requiring coding skills. While the projections of labor statistics and market analytics vary, in recent years programming jobs have grown markedly faster than the market average.

“Coding is becoming the language skill in greatest demand,” Mrs. White said. “Computer programming goes beyond technology and mechanical functionality. It’s a form of literacy, and fluency in this language is power over the functionality of all computer-driven applications.”

Coding also encourages and demands critical thinking, problem-solving skills, self-confidence and reliance. Put together, these skills broaden students’ choices and enhance their prospects for success in the 21st century job market.

The Hour of Code in Mrs. White's class was offered in coordination with Library Media Specialist, Dolores Lombardo. Students received certificates of completion.