7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

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7 easy ways to teach coding

Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too.

Download a FREE Coding Kit from DK Randomhouse

From simple sites to the tips and tricks to get you started, now is the time to learn to code.

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get started with coding

DK.com has created a free Computer Coding Kit to get you started. It includes a poster, coding cards, and tips as you begin your coding journey. You can also go there and hear the bonus segment with Grant Smith, 3 Mistakes Teachers Make When They Try to Teach Coding.  

Show Notes:

  • Why just taking students to the websites for coding is not enough.
  • What the research says about the teacher’s role in coding instruction.
  • The use of coding journals in elementary schools to assess learning and blogs for older students.
  • How some schools are meeting ELA (English Language Arts) standards using coding. Other options for math, science and history teachers to meet standards and use coding to do it.
  • Some simple places to get started with teaching kids to code.

Grant Smith@wgrantsmith is an elementary computer science teacher trainer, consultant, and curriculum developer. He loves working with school districts to implement CSforAll initiatives at the primary grade levels.

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5 thoughts on “7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

  1. The link to the free Coding Kit from DK Random House returns this message:
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  2. There are a lot of apps and websites that teachers can use to help introduce the children to coding despite having no real knowledge of it themselves. Apps such as Kodable, LightBot and the BeeBot app are great resources and I also feel the Hour of Code (code.org) activities are a good way to help children understand coding.

    However, the best coding lesson I’ve ever taught didn’t even involve a computer. I simply sat at a table with a loaf of bread, a knife and some jam and ask the children to help me make a jam sandwich using specific instructions. A messy but fun lesson.

    • I too am familiar with Code.org and I teach with their tools at the high school level. In addition to the peanut butter and jelly activity you described have you had your students complete the drawing a picture activity? It had a great response from my students and was really beneficial for them in understanding the concept of individuals perceptions.

  3. This is great. Thank you.
    As a high school teacher I’ve bought in to the Code.org curriculum. They have the right idea. This pathway needs to be brought into our classrooms and explored by our students – all of them, and at an early age. The earlier it is introduced in the schools the more opportunities our students will have to decide if this is a career path they are interested in. Teaching in a school that has adopted code.org’s curriculum, I have to say it could use some improvement. It can be slow and boring, and at times it is totally out of sync with today’s learners – but it’s a step in the right direction and I’m all for expanding the mindset of this country’s future.