Those who learn how to code, will have the power...
In today's technologically driven world, the ability to write 'code' (computer programming) is a skill that is in high demand. One can presume that as technology evolves and our lives become even more wrapped up in it, that the demand for skilled programmers will only grow.
In our present world, a very minor percentage of the population are skilled programmers. These people are in high demand as so many aspects of our modern lives are built upon technology that is based in code.
Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion about whether students should be learning to code from a young age - almost learning it as a second language if you will.
You have probably heard that scary statistic that teachers are preparing children for jobs that don't yet exist. So, in the spirit of empowering my learners I made the leap. This past year, my class have been learning computer programming with the help of Khan Academy and what happened amazed me.
I had used a few videos here and there for maths lessons with success, but had never signed my class up as a "coach" (as it is known on the website). That was until I noticed that computer programming was offered as a course on the Khan Academy - and this got me thinking "why not?" We had some time each week in the computer lab where I could supervise my students a little more closely and guide them in this little experiment. From the minute they watched the introduction video below, they were hooked:
Here are a few of the pictures the children produced using java code:
Would I recommend Khan Academy as a tool to teach programming? Again, absolutely! It was a wonderful platform - easy to navigate for the children, it gave me a way to monitor their progress, the course was well structured and suitably paced.
...and will I do it again next year? For sure!
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