Coding, coding, and more coding!

Did you realize that coding is so important these days? That is the reason why we offer so many different coding classes, starting at pre-school aged children. Yes you read that correctly, we have classes that involve coding for preschool students. In today’s classroom teachers use programs that students may not be familiar with because they may not have the knowledge or the tools needed to be successful with the programs.

Coding is really important and that is why we start teaching this skill at such young ages. Mark Zuckerberg states that “In fifteen years we will be teaching programming just like reading and writing… and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” Fortunately for children enrolled in our programs they aren’t waiting fifteen years because they are learning it now.

As I was researching coding and the importance of needing to know how to code, program, and work with computers, I found an interesting link that I would like to share. This link clearly shows that coding is important in all career areas and that most jobs these days do require some type of computer science skill set or degree. Another thing we all know is that in real world careers we have to, at some point work with others, which is why we have our students work in pairs. This helps them problem solve together and it prepares them for real life experiences.  I hope you enjoy reading what all these known people have to say, and to be quite honest I was shocked at some of the people that are speaking about coding and programming in this article. https://code.org/quotes

Our beginning coding class 2code starts at age 4-5 and it teaches coding through clicking and dragging pictures. I have personally taught this class and find that not only do the pictures help but it teaches students how to use a laptop, because these days most of all my students use tablets, iPads, phones, etc. Using a laptop and/or a computer is a skill that benefits all students.

Scratch is another program that we run and it is also used in schools, talking to students I teach, I have been told that they are very successful at school because of the skills learned in our class. Scratch comes in three different levels and that makes it available to younger students such as 1st graders and older students as old as middle school..

Alice is another successful coding class that students love programming. They start out with a background and then have to add different objects and program these objects to become animated and do what they want them to do. The programming is so detailed that in order to be successful students need to be extremely engaged and working continuously throughout the time of the class, and they always are!

Minecraft is HUGE these days and we offer a MineCraft coding class that is a huge success. I have had more than one student take the same coding class 2-3 times because they are always learning something new. With the curriculum we have, no class is the same. Students can take this class more than once and still learn and what makes it much more enjoyable for them is the knowledge they come back to the second session with. The teachers on our team can and do alter the curriculum to challenge students who have taken the class before.

We have recently added a coding class Python which is a huge success with students. This is not your typical click and drag coding class. It is a very hands-on course in which students explore Python, a complex coding language used in every day programs, apps, and games. They learn to code in a fun interactive way which includes coding games and learning animation using Python. This code-oriented program is fun and challenging, and blends the worlds of computer science and programming. I am currently teaching this class to Jr. High students and they are now creating fun and interactive games of their very own.

To end this blog I want to just reiterate how important coding really is and although I have talked about many of our classes, we offer many, many more. We hope to see your child in one of our classes in the near future! Until next time, Happy Blogging!

 

Spring and S.T.E.M

Wow, time is really flying by. I guess the saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true! I know it most definitely is every day I step into my classroom and see all of my wonderful students. I feel so lucky and honored, as all of our teachers do, when we have students who come back session after session and we get the chance to know them really well, and we feel just as honored when we see new faces and get to know them. We at Computer Explorers LOVE what we do and I can say that it truly show in the way we teach our programs and the way we have open communication with parents, schools, park districts, and students. We don’t just go to any school or any park district we are in these places because they have become second homes to us and we have built strong and trusting relationships with them and with our parents and students. I believe that is why we stand out and that is why we have so many amazing students!

 

I am amazed at the knowledge my students bring with them but I am also stunned at the knowledge they leave with. Each week we learn something new and the following week we re-visit for a few minutes and then move on to our next task. One of our newer classes, Python is a popular class that teaches coding in a completely different way than any of our other classes. It is text based coding, and although it can seem hard at first, the reward the students and I feel once they understand it and they can get it done is the best feeling in the world!! Python takes time and patience but when my 4th and 5th graders and now 7th and 8th graders are getting through the lessons it really shows how important technology and coding really are. I had a high school student who told me he had just starting learning Python. A high school student who is just now learning what we are already teaching kids at such a young age. Our mission is to teach and help them achieve the high level of technology through our S.T.E.M courses. All the classes we offer, integrates S.T.E.M, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I’d have to say that each day a student walks into our classroom they walk out with more knowledge while also having fun and that is why we do what we do.

 

Now that I have said that, I really feel like these sessions are just flying by and for some their next Spring session is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for the warmer weather. But what I and the other teachers are most excited about are all the amazing classes we have running this Spring session. I know that I have quite a few students returning but there are some who aren’t sure what their parents have planned. If you have been enrolling your child in our programs you know classes fill up quickly, especially once the word gets out about the class we will be running. If you haven’t yet or aren’t quite sure about signing your child up for one of our amazing classes this Spring session, please take a moment and see what classes are being offered at your child’s school or your local park district. I am sure we have classes that have room for more young and inquiring minds! We know that schedules can be quite hectic so we try to make it easier for you by offering our classes at multirole locations and at different times.



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