Teachers with access to technology tools in their classroom are excited about coding! Learning the foundations of computer programming is easier than ever for students with a mobile device in their hand. There are now apps and websites geared towards students of all ages, making it simple for teachers to find the “just-right” tools for their classrooms.
Connections to the Real World
Making connections to the real world is a must in today’s classrooms. Kids need to know that what they are learning has a purpose and see the value right away. Computer programming languages impact students all day, everyday. From ordering a new video game online to changing the colors in a Google Doc, coding is all around them. Help students understand why coding matters by making connections to everyday moments and careers of the future.
Supporters are Everywhere
Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling is just one example of the vocal supporters of the movement behind learning how to code. There are interviews, articles and resources that show how coding has become an important part of education. In this year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke about the need to incorporate computer programming into K-12 education.
It’s Free and Simple to Start
For teachers with little to no experience writing computer code, the idea of incorporating computer programming into the curriculum can feel like a daunting task. The Hour of Code is one resource that makes it simple for teachers to find resources for getting started. Their video tutorials and ideas for educators are totally free too. In addition to this online website, there are a handful of great apps for learners of all ages including Scratch Jr and Hopscotch.
Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Author, and Speaker. Follow Monica on Twitter @ClassTechTips or visit her website ClassTechTips.com.