Central ISD Prepares Students with Computer Literacy Skills

Central ISD Prepares Students with Computer Literacy Skills

Central ISD Prepares Students with Computer Literacy Skills

Central ISD is a small 3A school district serving around 1700 students with 60% economically disadvantaged. Located in the heart of East Texas, Central strives to prepare youth to excel academically through positive relationships and quality education. This guest post was written by Kyle Ivey, Instructional Technology Director for Central ISD. You can follow the district on Twitter @centralISD.

Why Coding?  

Our staff lives by the saying, “If there is a problem, how do we solve it?” We realized that students were not getting computer literacy skills needed to fill the 500,000+ careers open in coding. So, our goal was to create a solution to help our students be prepared and hopefully secure some of the well-paid technology jobs in the future. As our staff studied coding, we knew that our students would gain more than just coding skills, but be able to think and communicate better as well – skills that are important for careers outside of coding.

The Central ISD Difference 

Our district has a culture to see kids succeed. Central’s ISD goal is to create opportunities for our kids to be able to compete for careers. If we don’t provide our students with this opportunity, then they will not be able to compete for the career of their dreams. However, STEM was an easy sell to our staff and community because of all the skills obtained through STEM. The ability for our students to solve real-world problems was something that our district wanted and needed guidance in how to obtain. To Central, it’s not about test scores. It’s about our kids and producing successful, business-minded individuals.

Tynker allows us to provide all students a curriculum to develop and/or hone the skills needed to be successful in 21st century learning

The skills students learn will be beneficial to any career they choose. Central feels that students learn the benefits of collaboration and communicating ideas. We also want students to learn and persevere through failure. Students who play video games often fail; however, they learn from that failure and develop a new strategy to succeed. This is how we want our students to view coding. Students must also be fearless when coding – not being afraid of experimenting and hacking their way around programs to solve problems.

How does Tynker fit in? 

According to our district plan, goal 1 is to close the achievement gaps by preparing all students for success with 21st century college and workforce readiness skills. Tynker allows us to provide all students (beginners and advanced) a curriculum to develop and/or hone the skills needed to be successful in 21st century learning. Tynker allows students to remain engaged because of the game like atmosphere and enjoy learning. Students have to think and be creative while using Tynker because it is all about problem solving.
 
One of my favorite things I heard this last year was by a fourth grade student who started using Tynker in February 2018. After completing the STAAR test, the student said she was able to answer some questions on the STAAR test based on information she learned while using Tynker. This was worth all the money in the world for us as leaders. This is what educating students is about: giving them the opportunities and skills needed to succeed, not only on tests but also in day-to-day life.

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