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How to Make Coding Education Accessible for All Students

How to Make Coding Education Accessible for All Students

You want the best and brightest for your child. You have to balance preparing them for the future, appealing to their likes, and giving them enough of a challenge so they strive for success. Of course we all hear about the importance of technology for future careers, but it remains difficult for all students to receive accessible, high-quality coding education.  

4 Barriers in Coding Education

  • Coding Courses Have High Drop-Out Rates: There is concern over the high drop-out rates for computer-related high school courses. In fact, in some IT courses, the drop-out rate is as high as 70%, resulting in a severe skills shortage.
  • Not Many Girls in STEM-Related Courses: It is no secret computer programming courses are full of men and have few women. Only 18% of computer science graduates are women. 
  • Marginalized Communities are Underrepresented: Even in our global world, there is still an under-representation of marginalized communities in computer-related fields. In 2016, 62% of computer science graduates were white men.  
  • Under-Trained Teachers: The pressure on teachers is immense, and often it is up to them to further their own education. With so much emphasis on math and literacy scores, often that is where the focus lies. Computers are seen as “free time” and so teacher training in this area remains relatively non-existent. 

How to Provide Accessible Coding Education for Students

It is essential that students have access to high-quality coding education. Hatch Coding provides the following for students:

  • accessible coding to studentsMastery-Based Learning System: A self-paced system so students can stay with any given activity, project or challenge as long as they need to complete it. They are always working on an activity which is matched to their ability
  • Hatch's Levelling System: The system goes from Level 0 to Level 25, from complete beginner to complete expert. 
  • Scaffolded Growth: Students are always working on their own personal level, not the average level of a class.
  • Natural Progression: Students continue to make progress every session and challenge themselves as they see fit, controlling their learning path and having the autonomy to control their own growth.
  • Zone of Proximal Development: Students stay between tasks that are too easy and tasks that are too hard on a project; they undertake a challenge or activity that is suited to them, their skills and their Hatch Level.
  • Accessible to All: All students can be successful with Hatch regardless of skill level, age, or gender. 

 “I taught myself how to program computers when I was a kid, bought my first computer when I was 10, and sold my first commercial program when I was 12.” - Elon Musk

Coding isn’t just busy work for students. Coding teaches valuable workforce and life skills early so students can fully participate in the economy in the future.

Hatch teaches computer science in a way that will allow you or your child to talk to programmers or software engineers with the kind of understanding that comes from knowing how to translate English into code. Hatch also focuses on how to research solutions to problems and how to work in a group and collaborate with others. All of these life skills will only benefit your child in any career they choose. And you can rest easy knowing the extracurricular activity you chose for your child is helping them now and in the future. THAT is a win-win!

The Bright Future for Careers in Coding 

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References:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/concern-over-drop-out-rates-in-computer-science-courses-1.2491751

https://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

https://www.wired.com/story/computer-science-graduates-diversity/ 

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