Monday, February 1, 2016

Students Learning to Code

Story provided by +Cheri Hargrave, Computer Teacher, Elementary School North

December 7th-13th was the National Hour of Code Week. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Barbers Hill Elementary North was one of the schools that participated in the world wide event. I strongly believe that beginning in 2nd grade, coding should be taught right along with reading and writing. Almost everything we come in contact with on a daily basis is run off of a computer program.

Beginning to code at a young age gives students a basic understanding of how things work. Coding is spatial reasoning and critical thinking at it’s best. The students get so excited about completing each level. The immediate feedback is what makes it so engaging. They can see the product of their work and realize how a computer runs from a particular language. Students understand that the video games they play do not magically appear and that someone actually has a job that writes the programs that they use everyday.

The Forbes 400 of today are also those who were able to access education while young and apply their skills to the most scalable industries: technology, finance, and mass retail,” Rauh and Kaplan
write in their most recent student, “Family, Education, and Sources of Wealth Among the Richest Americans, 1982-2012.”

The student response is overwhelming. I have students stop me in the hall and tell me that they went home and finished several of the programs with their parents.

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