Coding in the Classroom A Curated Story

It's here! The Hour of Code week where kids around the world will try their hand at coding and pull back the curtain just a little on what happens behind the bright computer screen.

What is code?

When I explain coding to students I remind them that nothing happens on a computer that hasn't been coded. It is a bit like commanding the computer's brain to do something. Below are a few clips that speak to what code is and why it's important.

Why code in the classroom?

Now not all learners will be computer programmers, but there are a variety of skills fostered through coding like problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. As a language in and of itself it can be linked to many different subject areas like coding a game for Social Studies or coding an animation for science.

Tools for the Classroom

There are so many different tools to help teach our learners how to code. Here are just a few.

Check out the link below to access the Pinterest page as well as a quick summary from the ITRT team.

Code.org is a great starting point if you want to tackle the Hour of Code. With a wealth of resources from non-digital coding lessons to short levelled puzzles using favourite childhood characters. You can sign up your class but it is not required to get started.

Want more freedom when coding? Scratch Jr. Uses simple puzzle block commands to allow kids to code their own animations & games. Scratc.mit.edu builds on the work in the app online.

Like Scratch, TickleApp will allow you to code with block codes but you are able to connect to some of your favourite devices like Sphero and Dash. Don't have one, no worries? You can still code your own projects.

If you have an iPad with iOS 10 on it you can dive in to Swift playgrounds. Swift playgrounds teaches student's Swift code through interactive challenges while also giving you the opportunity to code from scratch. A great next step from block coding. Go to Everyone Can Code for educator resources.

Share your Learning

Share your learning about coding this week with the #peel21st,  #hourofcode or #ontariocodes hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tina Zita
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Created with images by steveonjava - "Silicon Valley Code Camp" • sylviaduckworth - "10 Reasons to Teach Coding"

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