Computer jobs are the wave of the future.
computing occupations are the number one source of
all new wages in the United States.
only about 25-percent of K-12 schools in the U-S teach
And in many states.
like Wisconsin...there are no academic standards in
the state is looking for the public's opinion on the
News 8's Lisa Klein joins us now with a closer look..
Model Academic Standards are written goals for teaching
that determine what students should learn.
The state currently has these standards across 27
like reading and math.
the Department of Public Instruction wants to know
if Wisconsinites feel *computer science* should be
added to that list.
A computer science teacher in Onalaska thinks the
answer is yes.
I want to be a computer.
a game designer with graphic design and or writing
To accomplish this goal.
Onalaska High School senior Daniel Benson will need
a specific skill set.
I'll need some math skills.
I'll need a little bit of coding skills.
I need to know how my computer runs and how to artistically
draw for the design part of it.
While most schools offer math and art classes.
computer science courses are a little harder to come
We kind of decided we needed to up our offerings in
the business department.
But the school doesn't really have a computer science
So with that said.
us three in the business department decided someone
should take this on.
So this summer.
Jansky took a one-week professional development course
taught by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and
Marquette University thanks to a grant from the National
The workshop's held at Marquette are to prepare teachers
to teach what's called Exploring Computer Science
That's entry level curriculum for any high school
The universities are in the third year of the federally
funded grant intended to increase access to computer
science courses across the country.
And so our job was to, in Wisconsin, try to build
up a group of teachers interested in teaching computer
Give them some initial training and then continue
on that training through the life of the grant and
hopefully after that.
This type of training is opening doors for high schools
like Onalaska to offer students a foundational computer
science course which teaches them how to think like
It's very easy now for most people to interact with
a computer, but understanding how all that actually
works is something I don't think a lot of people actually
Computer science is learning the algorhythmic thinking
and problem solving skills needed to write the software
that implements the applications that people use.
And statistics show, students.
who study computer science in high school are six
times more likely to major in the high demand field
In Onalaska, LK, N8.
Since the grant began three years ago.
about 90 Wisconsin teachers have taken the Exploring
Computer Science class at Marquette.
Onalaska High School began offering a computer science
class this year...
And they have had a class in the past.
?Have any other local districts taken the course at
Teachers from La Crosse, Black River Falls and Arcadia
school districts have also attended the professional
If you would like to give your opinion on whether
Wisconsin should develop academic standards for computer
you can leave your comments for the Department of
Public Instruction at the website you see on your