Educational Technology

September 26, 2016

Coding education in Bend gains momentum

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Kathleen McLaughlin, The Bulletin

In Bend, introductory computer science classes are in their second year at Mountain View and Summit high schools, and both schools are offering an advanced-placement computer science class for the first time this fall. No introductory computer science is available at Bend High, the largest in the district with about 1,600 students, or La Pine High School. Crook County High School in Prineville offers introductory computer science. Ridgeview High School in Redmond offers intro to programming, a second programming class and AP computer science. Redmond High does not. There are practical and philosophical reasons for the gaps. Elementary and middle school days are packed with required curriculum, and to add elective courses in high schools takes adequate equipment and willing, trained teachers, said Kathie Quick, a math teacher at Summit who launched the programming course.

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