This week for EDTC 300, we were given the challenge of learning how to code. When I first read this in the weekly plans I was really freaked out. I thought to myself there is no way that I will be able to code with my tech skills!
In class, Katia talked about two different coding sites that we could try out, Hour of Code and code academy. Both these sites proved to be a lot less intimidating than I had thought. To try out coding for myself, I decided to go with an hour of code activity from code.org. First off I had to pick a game. I went with a game geared towards grades 2-5 called code with Anna and Elsa because I absolutely love Frozen!
Now it was time to start coding! It started out very simple, making basic lines and shapes. The instructions told me exactly what to do.
We then moved on to some steps that were a little more complex. The thing I really liked about this is that with each new aspect introduced, there was a video tutorial that popped up to explain what was going on which really helped me figure things out.
the game became a bit more complex, I will admit that I made a lot of mistakes! I am afraid to say it but some of them actually took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out haha 🙂 I used the hint button a couple times to help me out
Towards the end of the game, I was able to make various snowflakes and more complex shapes. It was really cool to see my little Elsa and Anna characters move around and create things!
My final task was to create a winter wonderland pattern of my own! Here is what I came up with.
At the end of my hour of hard work, I was rewarded with this congratulatory certificate.
Overall, Hour of code is very user-friendly and is a great site for students of all ages. I learned that coding is not as difficult as I thought it was and that there are all different types for all levels of abilities. I can now see the benefits of implementing coding in the classroom. It teaches students how to think in a logical patterned way. This particular game is a great way for students to practice working with directions (left and right) as well as various angles. Coding is definitely something that I plan to use in my future classrooms to help students gain skills in problem-solving and critical thinking.