Coding for Students

Benton Tech Tips for Teachers

Computer Science Week December 7-13

Think coding can only be done by computer specialists? Well think again. Coding can be done by students of any age. Coding is simply telling a computer, app, game, or device what you want it to do. Computer program helps students to develop skills in problem solving and fosters new ways of thinking about problems and situations. Learning to code helps prepare students for the world we live in today. Our students are growing up in a different world than we did. Almost every aspect of their lives revolves around technology from their phones, computers, YouTube, Netflix, Minecraft, and ordering at Chili's. Not only do our students need to be proficient in using technology, but they also need to understand it. “Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies,” says Mitchel Resnick, a media arts and sciences professor at the MIT Media Lab. Computer Science jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of CS graduates. It is estimated that over the next 10 years over 1,000,000 programing jobs will go unfilled. That is roughly a $500 billion opportunity in salaries.

Let's bring coding into the classroom. To learn more or to have me come work with your students, please email me at You can also check out Benton Codes. Also be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on A Night of Code. It is open to all students grades 5-9. Please take time to inform your students about this amazing opportunity!

Coding for Young Students

Coding your Preteens-Teens

Night of Code

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 5:15pm

PCD at Benton High School

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. Only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
This is why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13).

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Benton is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge, so in conjunction with Computer Science Week Benton Public schools is excited to offer their first ever A Night of Code. A Night of Code will be open to all students grades 5-9 to come and enjoy, food, prizes, coding and demonstration booths. Parents are encouraged to stay, eat and learn more about coding and maybe do a little coding themselves.

​The event will begin at 5:15 at the Professional Development Building located in the front parking lot of the high school. This is our chance to change the future of education in Benton. For more information visit our website Benton Coding.

5:15 Food and Demonstration Booths

  • Sphero SPRK
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Coding Unplugged
  • Code Island Monkey Game
  • Binary Code
5:45 Coding Intro Activities
6:00 Hour of Code Begins
7:00 Conclude the Hour of Code and Hand Out Certificates
7:05 Take Group Picture