The emergence of newer, faster, better, and more efficient technologies in our lives has skyrocketed, and this trend is expected to keep growing. A global pandemic swept across the world in early 2020, halted businesses, crippled economies, and totally changed the way healthcare, education, and operational systems worked. Virtual and remote have become norms with active lockdowns worldwide, and with people working/learning from home - the demand for technology to support our most basic activities has soared.
Nestled within Memphis, Tennessee, lie three teachers creating safe and innovative spaces for their students to experiment with computer science and go beyond their regular routines. Thanks to the Support of BootUp PD, teachers at every level have been able to start their coding journey amidst the chaos of the 2020-2021 school year.
Last month, BootUp PD and the National School Board Association (NSBA) hosted a roundtable discussion posing that very question. Over 20 superintendents across the United States and Canada participated in the conversation. They openly reflected on the equity gaps in computer science and technology, strategies for integration, and the importance of ensuring fair access to all students while in the classroom and at home.
At BootUp, we talk a lot about perseverance and the desire to move past perfectionism into real creativity. At PS 134 situated in the city that never sleeps, we see this embodied in students eager to learn new skills and teachers coaching them forward.
This school year has been anything but ordinary. A global pandemic swept through our lives, disrupting it with unprecedented consequences. We were once again reminded of the inequities our students face at home and in their communities. Yet, for the first time in a long time, we couldn't find the answers our students were asking us about the future of the classroom. And in the midst of all this, one superhero teacher from Cheyenne Wells Colorado reassured her class that it's OK to not be OK, and coding with BootUp PD in the classroom could be a new and stress-free way to get through the days of uncertainty.