Urgent need for Computing Education for K-12 students: What is happening outside of the US?
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to introduce the urgent needs for K-12 coding education in the United States, examine an example of the British coding curriculum and its implementation, and presents possible issues associated with the application for future discussion. The United Kingdom implemented their coding curriculum in 2013 after intensive self-study of its computing education in schools. The very unique aspect of this curriculum is that it requires the computing education to be included in lower grade level, to start fostering computational thinking skills from the early age, not like typical case of computing education focusing only on upper grade level (i.e. high school students). The paper aims to convey the importance of K-12 coding education to be integrated into regular curriculum for American students, and call for attention on urgent action to help American students to be effective workforce in the future.
Presider: Darrel Johnson, Carroll University