7 easy ways to teach coding

7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in 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.

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

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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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Patty Chisholm May 11, 2016 - 9:37 am

The link to the free Coding Kit from DK Random House returns this message:
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Vicki Davis May 11, 2016 - 11:09 am

Wondering if your site blocks url shorteners but here is the link http://www.dk.com/us/coolcat/

David May 17, 2016 - 1:47 pm

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.

Scott L May 22, 2016 - 9:41 pm

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.

Scott L May 19, 2016 - 2:51 pm

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.


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