Tech Camp boost skills for teachers

Coal Ridge Middle librarian Karen Hoppis on Monday shared how she put together a code-a-thon, or hack-a-thon, at her Firestone school.

She invited all students to participate in the half-day problem solving event, held at the school to remove participation barriers, and told them they were expected to fail at first.

For the 35 kids participating, she set up team norms, gave them a theme — how to increase happiness at Coal Ridge — and had parent volunteers judge the teams on multiple measures that included creativity and technology skills.

"They had to solve the problem through coding with whatever technology tools they wanted to use," she said.

Story continued at the Times-Call >>