Work coding into any class
I’ve been experimenting with an online learning tool called Code Academy that teaches basic computer coding. Learning basic coding, even for non-computer programmers, is important for students entering the job market. As the New York Times stated, students are flocking to classes in computer coding because “knowing how the digital pieces fit together, they say, will be crucial to ensuring that they are not left in the dark ages. “
Code Academy is a way to include a bit of computer coding into almost any class. The site is clear, easy to use and engaging. With just a little practice, students can create projects by writing code.
A neat feature of Code Academy is that students have to code to even log in to the site. The immediacy helped build my confidence that even though I may not become a Google software engineer, I could figure out some coding.
Code Academy allows students to repeat lessons as often as they wish and awards badges for completing lessons. Earning badges, I found, is a surprisingly good motivator.
Code Academy also provides information in short chunks, which held my attention and kept me from getting overwhelmed. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn, and Code Academy keeps the technical terminology to a minimum. The lessons explain coding in everyday terms.
Even is a student only learns the basics, being able to read and understand code will be a useful skill. For students who take an interest in coding, the lessons open a door for them to create in new and interesting ways. I encourage you to try a Code Academy project in your next class.