Code.org: Talking About Computer Science for Good in Your Classroom
In this Code.org article, they discuss that while computer science is a foundational subject in today’s world that will benefit students in any career path, it also equips them with the tools to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems.
The article reads in part:
“How computer science is used and applied in the real world is a crucial part of learning computer science. That is why we’re focusing on #CSforGood as the theme for the Hour of Code this year. We can help students understand some of the challenges that people around the world face and inspire them to think more deeply about the role computer science can play in creating a more equitable and sustainable world.
Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide, our goal is to convey to students how computer science can make a positive impact in our world – from self-driving car technology that can make our roads safer, to data science techniques that can identify disease earlier and keep us healthier.”
Here are some themes and questions to spark discussion in your classroom about the role of technology in creating positive social change. For a deeper discussion, pair these prompts with stories of CS for Good in the real-world.
1) Technology can be part of the solution.
2) Computer science is helping address challenges, big and small, all around the world.
3) With great power comes great responsibility.
4) Today’s students will be tomorrow’s problem-solvers, innovators, and decision-makers.”
Check out all the #CSforGood Hour of Code activities, including the: KIBO Snowplow – Important Jobs in the Community.