The past two weeks students have been exploring iPad apps including: Sketches, Scratch Jr., and Swift Playgrounds (Learn to Code). Many people throughout the world watch TV, use a computer, and play video games. We are consuming technology that other people are creating through Coding. Computer Science (CS) is being implemented in schools everywhere. It is a growing career field! CS is utilized in businesses and government sectors. Introducing youth to coding and apps that teach it can allows for students to explore and problem solve.
Students are using apps that are engaging. They are using their knowledge and problem-solving skills to create codes that move and/ or animate characters through algorithms. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary explains that an Algorithm is a step-by-step procedures for solving a problem or accomplishing some end. If an algorithm is “broken” it needs to be “debugged” or fixed to move characters correctly. Collaborating with friends helps build verbal communication and social skills.
“Unplugged” coding does not involve technology. The students will be exploring unplugged coding at a later date. Here is a website for unplugged activities that can be implemented at home: https://teachyourkidscode.com/coding-unplugged/ . There are many websites that have unplugged ideas!!
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to inspire learning. I welcome your child to share projects they have completed at home during our after school program.