Why We Need to Be Teaching Kids Coding and How to Get Started

Why We Need to Be Teaching Kids Coding and How to Get Started

Getting started with coding in the classroom doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating! You don’t have to have a background in computer science to teach it, and you don’t even need expensive robots or technology to get started!

WHY Teach Coding?

Intro to Unplugged Coding: Why We Need to Be Teaching Kids Coding and How to Get Started

A code is a set of step-by-step instructions that tells a computer what to do. By teaching kids coding we are teaching them computational thinking.

Computational thinking is all about the thought processes needed to think like a computer. Teach students to break apart problems, identify and create steps to solve problems, and analyze the results.

Coding teaches kids 21st century skills and life skills including:

-Risk Taking

-Creativity

-Critical Thinking

-Story Telling and Retelling

-Problem Solving

-Math Processes

-Perseverance

-Teamwork

-Self-Confidence

How Do you Teach Coding?

Intro to Unplugged Coding: Directional Coding

What many teachers don’t realize is that they are already teaching coding in their classrooms they just don’t realize it!

For instance, anytime you ask a student to write or retell a story where they are sequencing events, they are coding. This is similar to how computer programmers break down problems, analyze the parts, and put them in the correct order.

The same is true with math. When you introduce an algorithm to students they are able to use those steps in the algorithm to solve problems.

Intro to Unplugged Coding: Directional Coding

You are already teaching these essential skills to students. The next step is to introduce them to programming terminology so that they are able to see the connections between what they are doing in math and reading and how it relates to coding.

The best part is that you don’t have to add one more thing to your schedule! Once you introduce coding to your students it is very easy to integrate it into what you are already teaching in the classroom!

Get started today with our intro to directional coding activities and intro to binary coding and help your students become creative problem solvers prepared for jobs that don’t even exist yet!

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