Coding: A 'New Literacy'
First grade students have been having fun learning coding throughout the year. Coding is sometimes known as computer programming or developing. Basically, it is a language which tells a computer, app, or phone what you want it to do. According to CBC, "Some educators and experts are calling it the 'new literacy' -a subject so important that every child needs to know the basics to excel in our rapidly changing world."
Technology is a part of almost every aspect of our lives and continuing to grow. Learning the language of coding will prepare our students for future opportunities. Coding assists in developing new ways of thinking. Coding builds math, literacy, reasoning, and problem solving skills. As well as fostering creativity. I've also seen the development of team work and leadership in my classroom. When students get 'stuck' they look to others to help them work through the problem.
Students have worked through some activities in Hour of Code such as MineCraft and Lightbot. We are currently building our understanding of loops and if/then statements by using Kodable. Next, we will expand our creativity through Tynker. The first graders are completely engaged in these activities. Our time goes by so fast.
This learning can be supported at home. Some students have reported how much they have accomplished by using the apps or sites at home. Thank you to those parents who have been able to give their child this opportunity.