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Principals, teachers, parents or students often ask us why they need to be creative, collaborate with others, think critically or worse yet, think computationally, practice citizenship, solve problems, or care for colleagues. This question normally arises when we are trying to persuade schools to engage in Coding and Robotics instruction at their schools.

In these cases, I like to refer them to this slideshow that took the world by storm back in 2007 via social media, as one of the first examples of something that ‘went viral’ as we now commonly say. It made a real impression on me then, and even now speaks volumes.

These attributes are now common language in learning theory, frequently referred to the 5C’s of 21st Century Learning (21CLD).

Learning to code is an excellent way to enable students to engage meaningfully with 21CLD and like learning a new language, is best started young, so that this way of thinking and learning becomes second nature.

Thanks to Jeff Brenman, Founder & Director at Apollo Ideas for creating and sharing this profoundly challenging presentation that remains highly relevant event today, 14 years later.