Florida Senate considers computer coding as a foreign language for HS students


Miami Herald news story about Florida bill

Senate Bill 468 by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, passed the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee in early December 2015 by an 8-2 vote.

Several other articles, opinion pieces and a radio interview on this topic are provided on the FSTE website for your viewing.

What do you think? How important is coding for today's students? What's your experience with coding and with using technology? Would you be able to teach coding to your students?


About Dr. Rita Oates

As the ISTE representative for FSTE, Rita shares info between the two organizations to try to help both. She is a former high school English teacher and adviser to student publications.In Miami-Dade schools, she led ed tech for nearly eight years, winning multiple grants for software co-development, PD, and special projects. With Barry University, she won a FIPSE grant. She has written 12 books and more than 100 articles about technology, education, and school reform. She has been president of Oates Associates consulting firm for 20 years.

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