Some of your 2nd graders have probably come home saying, "I played Angry Birds in technology today!" Funny story, we did, but not in the way you may think. I have been working on teaching them coding.Learning coding builds life skills that are very important to our children.
Coding is how people create software, websites, and apps. We wouldn't be able to play Trivia Crack, waste time on Facebook, or look at websites. Someone had to create all of these sites, and they do that with code.
Benefits to Kids Coding
Why am I teaching kids code? I actually have a lot of reasons for it. Using a site called Code.org, I am able to use lessons created by experts to best teach children code. This is why I decided coding is important.
The Tool I Use
I use Code.org to get the curriculum. All of the lessons have been aligned with CSTA Computer Science Standards and ISTE standards as well as national standards in math, ELA, and science.
I have started with the basic lessons so they gain an understanding of directions and putting steps in order. They are learning north, south, east, and west through this exposure. The kids feel successful and many of them have found a skill they didn't know they had!
You can also access Hour of Code, which is a way for them to just go through a stage to go through more coding lessons. It should take them about an hour to work through, but they can go at their own pace! Happy coding!
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