THE #10kHrsMT MISSION
To reach all of our diverse student populations with a single hour of computer programming or computing instruction, we'll have to ride the airwaves, light up the fiber, and max out our rural wirelines.
One hour. For "that one kid" in even the remotest communities who will innovate, create, and solve community problems.
10,000 hours. To say "Hi," and "I care," and "Look how cool my work is," and "I'm here because I believe in you," to each and every K-12 student in our great state.
WHAT IS A #10kHrsMT EDUCATOR?
Any individual willing to take on the challenge of providing computing education to students in Montana, including mentors, librarians, after-school program coordinators, therapists, counselors, and teachers in schools, even those not traditionally considered providers of core-aligned computing education, including PE, art, music, shop, history, and health teachers.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN I REGISTER?
Basic demographic information (type of institution and community, students served, location, etc.)
Details about your hour including the date and resources you found for training, mentors, funding, equipment, curriculum, etc.
Easy to share data about connectivity, including bandwidth and available computing equipment.
WHY COLLECT THIS INFORMATION?
This information is an important inventory and needs assessment that will allow us to connect with stakeholders, foundations, businesses, corporations, and philanthropic organizations to:
empower educators to acquire resources, change policies, and establish long-term, effective, and sustainable partnerships to create lasting change in their communities,
support educators who are lost in the sea of STEAM education resources on the internet searching for the curriculum they want to offer to their students,
provide data about strengths, challenges, opportunities, and necessity to regulators, policymakers, and resource providers, so their effort (and the funding they provide) is better able to achieve desired educational outcomes, and
empower the broader community to celebrate education, particularly through a firmer social affirmation that every child and every educator is unique and that education, properly adapted for each child and educator, is effective.