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David Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




Hour of Code


Students at FPHS learn coding

The Fort Plain Students Participate in “An Hour of CODE”

The ninth-grade students at Fort Plain High school were introduced to programming as part of An Hour of Code, an international program that teaches programming.

Mrs. DeKalb’s students enrolled in Key Essentials (keyboarding) participated in online programming interactive lessons available at code.org. Some students were actually able to code their own online game within the 43 minute class period.

Mrs. DeKalb said, “The students were so engaged in these activities that the room was completely silent except for the occasional, 'this is so cool!' I felt I had to carry over this lesson to the following day as well, due to the high interest level of the students.”

An Hour of Code, which reached 15 million students worldwide last year, is intended to steer more young people, into computer-related careers. About 50,000 U.S. computer science jobs remain vacant each year because there aren’t enough trained workers to fill them. By the year 2020, nearly 760,000 new jobs in computing and information technology will be created, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Currently only one in ten high schools offer advanced computer classes which includes programming. Several years ago, Fort Plain was able to offer web design, advanced computer applications, Java, and video game design. Due to the state-wide and local school budget crunch, these courses were eliminated as staffing was reduced.