The GMG Junior and Senior High students recently were engaged in an "Hour of Code" class. The activity was done to make students aware of the opportunities available in the future for computer programming. According to High School Principal Mark Polich, "This was an excellent use of our 1:1 computer initiative here at GMG".
He went on to add, "We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication and entertainment all rely on computers. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics."
The students followed a tutorial on their laptops as the process was explained. It was a bit challenging as there was a temporary overload on the system and it took a while for all to be able to log into the program. But most of the students felt they learned a lot and it was time very well spent.
The “Hour of Code” training at GMG High School provided an opportunity for students to learn first hand about computer programing. As the picture shows - results for students varied. Noah Scheidel, on the right, performed the tasks with ease. Luke Catherwood, on the left, shows total frustration as his work was suddenly lost. Both are senior students.
The number of software jobs outnumbers students three to one. That gap is one million jobs over ten years. And these are some of the highest paying jobs.
GMG definitely has a heads-up on doing this training. Statistics show that 90 percent of US schools do not teach computer science. In many foreign countries - China, Vietnam, Australia - it is required.
Programming literacy is going to be a key to the future for todays student. The "Hour of Code" campaign has a goal to introduce ten million students to one hour of computer science. And GMG has clearly met that goal.