When coding in the classroom became mainstream, I must admit I wasn’t ready to jump on the bandwagon. For one, I didn’t understand it well. How can I teach students something I don’t know myself? I also worried that it was just a fad. I didn’t see the connection it played in the mandatory curriculum. So I put the idea to the side and let others teach coding to their students.
Then last week I went to a Project Lead the Way conference. I was intrigued by how educators were teaching coding. They were infusing it into their regular subject areas. Integration was something I could get behind. I need a way to show teachers how to use coding in the classroom as part of the curriculum. Teachers have enough on their plate. I don’t want to put more on them. I decided to do some research. Over the next few weeks I am going to share with you what I have learned:
- Why we should teach coding in the classroom
- Coding resources you can use in the classroom
- Use coding for Interactive Storytelling
I always like to start with the why. One article I read discussed whether we should teach coding to everyone. The author mentioned that coding is deemed, by some, to be a new type of literacy. This idea is one to consider. Technology is changing the way we do things every day and logically effects the jobs of our students’ future.
Another article suggests that coding should be considered “as essential as reading, writing and arithmetic due to its fundamental importance in the digital world we are now living in”. I was intrigued by these strong opinions and needed to know more. I came across a great article from Kodable that gave me specific reasons for teaching kids coding in the classroom.
Why coding in the classroom?
Therefore, next week I will share with you some of the coding basics and resources I found that will help give you a jumpstart to teach coding in the classroom. If you have any specific questions, please comment below and I will look into answering them for you in the next post or check out some of my coding resources.