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Microsoft YouthSpark: Creating opportunities to learn Coding and Programming for Millions of Students Worldwide

Microsoft YouthSpark

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome Dr. Sam Patterson of My Paperless Classroom and Todd Beard from Microsoft YouthSpark to discuss why Computer Science classes are vitally important for today's students.

As technology has become an integral part of people’s daily lives around the world, we’re seeing a growing demand – from students, parents, teachers, governments, and nonprofits – to teach youth not only how to use technology, but also how to create technology to help them become the innovators and drivers of growth and opportunity in their communities. But what does this look like in the classroom? How do educators balance this new charge with other important content requirements?

What is Microsoft YouthSpark?

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to increase access for all youth to learn computer science, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities.

About our Guests

Todd Beard

Todd Beard has been an educator since 2001 working with students in kindergarten through adulthood. Graduating from the University of Michigan with a focus in education, math, and language arts, he is an educator passionate about technology in learning. While teaching K-12th-grade technology at the International Academy of Flint, Todd also led education policy initiatives, coached multiple robotics teams, and organized STEM camps. He is excited about collaborating with other professionals that are helping to prepare our students and teachers for the future.

Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson EdD is Head Maker Wrangler at Echo Horizon School in Culver City, CA. Dr. Patterson designs innovative tech-rich learning experiences and is author of the book “Programming in the Primary Grades: Beyond the Hour of Code.” His blog MyPaperlessClassroom is one of EdTech reviews “50 must Read Tech Blogs.”

Links of Interest

Check out these great resources to learn more about computer science for your classroom.


Recorded in 2017

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About the author, Jeffrey

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!

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