All 28 teachers at P.S./I.S. 217 on Roosevelt Island huddled over computers in a training session on a recent afternoon, trying to make a ball on their screens bounce against a paddle.
One pair chuckled as they figured out how to turn the ball into a fortune cookie. But another pair couldn’t get the ball to go anywhere. “We’re stuck,” said one teacher with a sigh.
It was almost the end of their six classes in Computer Science 101 this fall, and several said it would take a lot more practice and guidance for them to bring elements of this unfamiliar world to their students.
“It will take time,” said principal Mandana Beckman. “It’s not a one-shot deal.”
Their experience reflects some of the ambitions and challenges ahead for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan called “Computer Science for All.” His vision eventually would give all city children at least one unit of computer science in elementary, middle and high school, in hopes of equipping them for the modern job market and creating a pipeline of tech talent.
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