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!

 

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