Crack the Code
Learn Coding Through Play
Where it all began...
We started by messing around with some toys...
- jumped into iPad apps and Cubelets
- small group guided discoveries of both
- lots of discussion on what was happening (both among teachers and students)
- small group experimented with teaching PK students
We realized the toys weren't the most important thing...
- started with logic: giving directions, how-to books
- "programming" a robot friend (see link below)
- playing hand games
- Dance Party!
The important thing was the mindset and thinking!
- started with problem solving; trial and error
- tasks that require perseverance - classroom inventions
- naming their thinking - students said what was challenging, what they found easy
- writing how-to books
- block building - both free play and structured tasks
- regular reflection - both through video blogs and painted journals
We felt the important thing was to build the habits of mind BEFORE introducing coding!
Vocabulary such introduced and used through all activities:
- challenge yourself!
- problem solve
Questions we continue to ask on a regular basis:
- What did you decide to do differently?
- Why did you make that choice?
- What would you do differently next time?
Now it's your turn - can you make a code for others to follow?