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It’s Computer Science Education Week 2016! How Are You Spending Your Hour of Code?

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In 2013, I was introduced to an event called Hour of Code. Code.org was launched during Computer Science Education Week by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi that included a video promoting computer science. Their video became #1 on YouTube for a day, and 15,000 schools reached out to Code.org for help.

Since then, what began as an idea with a fledgling organization has grown from a bootstrapped staff of volunteers to a full organization supporting a worldwide movement. The folks at Code.org believe that a quality computer science education should be available to every child, not just a lucky few. I’m in agreement!

I’m also a proselytizer of STEM education, projects, careers, work, innovation, etc. for everyone, and especially women and historically underrepresented groups. One of the goals of Code.org is to improve diversity in computer science. In doing so, that helps to improve diversity in high tech companies, especially those in Silicon Valley, and start-ups.

You can find out more about Hour of Code at www.code.org. Also, you can try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. There are over 170 tutorials to choose from. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.

hour-of-code-2016_barack-obamaWhat is my coding focus for Computer Science Education Week 2016? After sitting on the fence for most of this year, I have decided to take a beginning hyper text markup language (HTML) course. Initially, I decided not to take the class because there are HTML apps online that have proven to be useful. However, they are also limiting in what they can do when it comes to converting text and symbols.

As an fyi, HTML is used heavily on the backside of this WordPress blog. Having more knowledge of HTML and the ability to make changes or add-ons by myself instead of needing to bring in an outside person or service to do so will save me time and money. Can you say Girl Power?

I’m also planning for some additional training thru the end of this month that includes 7 free tutorials that’ll help you brush up on key job skills (from your couch), a post that I found on USA Today. There are two applications that I’d like to learn more about and one of those is Google Analytics.

That’s what I’m doing for Hour of Code. So what about you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Pssst…see the reminder from President Obama above!

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About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.

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