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I have an Itch for Coding!

So I will be completely honest, before even talking about Coding in class, I seriously had no idea what that even was about. I think Im still not 100% sure what it is but I feel like I have a way better understanding of it for sure.

So I tried Scratch! When I first tried this program, I really wasnt sure what to expect. I tried a couple games  but still wasnt totally conviced at why coding was important. The first game that I tried was called “Banana Time.”

I first tried this game and thought it was decently fun and easy. You move the monkey around and try to catch the bananas. You must watch out for the pineapples though or its game over.

The second game that I tried was called Snowflake Galaxy. To be completely honest, I still do not get the point of this game, so if someone knows, please let me know and we can maybe figure it out together!

So I tried some games on scratch and Im still not convinced as to what coding is all about. I went to the “This is why kids need to learn to code,” website and it gave me a small understanding of what coding is. It basically told me that “coding is the ability to read and write a machine language as well as to think computationally.” Okay so Im starting to understand a bit more about coding. I also really enjoyed that this website gave three awesome reasons as to why kids should learn to code. The three reasons were:

  1. Problem Solving
  2. (Digital) confidence
  3. Understanding the world

Im totally one of those learners that need to know the “why” of things and so I think this website really helped me to understand the importance of coding. At this point, Im understanding a bit more but I still have some questions about coding and how its used in daily life.

I finally found my answer on “Computer Science Education Week.” I first got onto this website and watched a short 5 minute video that I felt explained coding so perfectly! It gave so many real life examples of how people use coding to create things for our world. For example, one woman talked about fashion. You wouldnt think that creating clothing and brands and websites would involve coding but it does. All the websites you go on and find clothes are created by coding. Mark Zuckerberg created facebook by using coding strategies. This gave me such a better understanding of coding and why/how its used in our world today. I can now take this information and pass it onto my students.

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