CRACKING THE CODE: Donna Klein Encourages Students To "Code"

dkjaBOCA RATON, FL ( — As if Hebrew isn’t difficult enough to master, Donna Klein Jewish Academy is moving forward with what is arguably a brilliant plan to teach students how to “code” — write the language that computers, phones, and devices that have yet to be created read.

From Donna Klein Jewish Academy:

Students live in a world surrounded by technology. To be prepared for whatever field of study or career they choose, and to achieve success, they will increasingly need to grasp an understanding how technology works. With that in mind, Donna Klein Jewish Academy students in grades K-8 will participate in the national HOUR OF CODE program on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 throughout the day. The goal is to prepare the 21st century learners to be successful in the world of today and tomorrow.

In today’s economy, computing jobs outnumber students graduating into the field by 3-to-1, and, computer science is foundational for every industry today. Yet, despite this, 90 percent of schools don’t teach it, according to the Hour of Code website. However, according to technology instructor Michael Luetjen, DKJA is challenging that.

For the second year in a row, DKJA is joining the largest learning event in history: Hour of Code. As part of the international initiative that takes place during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14, 2014), students will learn about and fine-tune their skills at writing code at age-appropriate levels. Last year, 15 million students were exposed computer science in one week. This year, DKJA is joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students. They will join with 57,000 classrooms around the world to participate, jumping into a field that can change the rest of their lives.

“DKJA’s Hour of Code is a statement that our school is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. This is an opportunity to change the future of education.” Luetjen said. “DKJA is ready to teach students critical 21st century skills. Our educators want to ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating technology of the future — not just consuming it.”

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