Get with The Program! Computer Science Education Week

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by,  Tracy Gray, M.S. Ed
Tech & Education Entrepreneur

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs


Today, December 8, 2014 marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week. Millions of students in over 150 countries will explore computer programming with the goal of demystifying coding!

As a Tech & Education Entrepreneur, I am honored that I was asked by Gina Parker Collins to share the following information with the  RIISE Community!

My educational philosophy is deeply rooted in Learning and Skill Innovation. These tenets are grounded in the following 21st Century matrices: Critcal Thinking and Problem Solving, Creatvity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Visual Literacy, Scientific and Numerical LIteracy, Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and Technological Literacy. Participation in this week of exploration of computer science will give all students in the RIISE community access to skills and concepts of coding.

I encourage you to investigate the Hour of Code by Khan Academy or learn to code with Mark Zuckerberg at According to Sal Khan of Khan Academy, 15 million students across the globe tried computer programming for one hour last year using a variety of platforms.

Our team at The Sankofa Global Project would be happy to host our Innovation S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Lab as a series of follow up workshops with the RIISE community in the future. For now, enjoy this week of Computer Science Education. You can start here with our interview with Dr. Kwabena Boahen from Stanford,

I hope you will join this worldwide movement to be counted in the goal of reaching 100 million students!

Tracy Gray holds duo Master of Science Degrees in Early Childhood and General Education. As a teacher practitioner and administrator, Tracy has devoted her career to building effective educational initiatives. In her commitment to advance 21st century learning competency skills, she has established international partnerships to expand student cultural and global awareness. Tracy’s curiosity for research and her thirst for intellectual pursuits allow her to develop and present original contributions to the field of education, and gives her the freedom of tech development as an educator, research, and teacher-practitioner.

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