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Today coding is everywhere; in nearly every job field and in everyday life. More than ever, it is important that students have a strong understanding of how programming works. While there are a variety of online programs that offer to teach coding to your students, it can be difficult to understand where it’s best to begin. In this post, we will explore some of the best activities to do with your students to get started in coding.
Interact with Robots
Interacting with robots can be one of the best ways to teach students coding. If you have access to a robot in your classroom, design a creative activity centered around the robot. (If you don’t have a robot, we know where to get a really versatile one!) Try making it dance or having it play a game of checkers with students. Simple tasks will allow for students to become familiar with basic visual programming languages in an engaging way that encourages further involvement. Robotics in the classroom brings an element of fun to coding.
Create an Animation to Accompany Material
Another fun way to get students programming is to ask them to develop an animation that accompanies concepts you are currently working on in the classroom. This encourages creativity and reviews useful concepts, while also teaches students the valuable skill of coding. Start with basic animation and add elements each week. By making a slow and fun progression that incorporates incentives and group work, students will be motivated to continue pursuing coding. If you’re looking for how and where to create animations, Codecademy and Khan Academy have extensive lists of free lessons on programming and animation, and Scratch is a great (also free) place to do it.
Drag and Drop Code Onto a Microcomputer
Develop a Classroom Website
While creating a classroom website might not be as initially enticing to students as the hands-on physical coding of micro:bit or robotics, building it can serve as an effective way for students to become familiar with different types of coding. Accompanied by your guidance, students will not only have a quality finished product to be proud of, but they’ll also have something they’ve created to put on their résumé. Wix is a good place to get started on your new website.
There are countless ways to introduce coding into the classroom regardless of your resources at hand. Whether you try robotics, animation, microcomputers, or website design, the most important thing is that you simply begin.
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