Coding for Kindergarteners
Published on edutopia.org, by Sam Patterson
Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about kindergarteners. I was still teaching ninth grade English and had just accepted a job teaching technology to K-5. I was excited about the challenge, and I knew that I’d bitten off more than I could chew.
There are many ways to get pre-reading students to engage in meaningful coding challenges that develop computational thinking. My short list includes Kodable, LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory, and Bee Bots. With Tynkerand the planned release of Scratch Jr, it seems like there are new platforms to support young coding all the time. As a critical and reflective teacher, I know that any of these tools is only as good as the lesson it supports.
Practical Tips for the Early Grades
Elements of Programming That Support Pre-Readers
- The concept of code (written language)
- Cause and effect
- Left-to-right reading
- Problem solving
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