My students need hands on opportunities to develop mapping skills, problem solving and sequencing skills. We need a Botley the Coding Robot and Code Y Go Robot Mouse Activity Sets. What better way to provide regular practice than by coding a real robot, so beautifully designed that it invites child's play!
I am privileged to be a second grade teacher of 24 students in one of the best school districts in the USA, scoring in the top 25 schools in Massachusetts. We are also one of the most cost-effective districts, spending a lower cost per student than the other 24 districts in that top 25. We are a small town with little industry, so parents pay for the bulk of what is provided our students through taxes. Currently, I have 16 Chromebooks and share five Chromebooks with other second grade classes. My students are on technology most of the time. They read independently and take quizzes on Accelerated Reader. We use SeeSaw to publish videos and photos to communicate directly to parents about what is happening in the classroom. We practice math through software programs, which allow them a game-playing format and hands-on exploration. I want children to love learning and this is the wave of the future!
In 2003, MIT developed a block-based coding tool that is engaging and educational for students. After more than 11 million students participated, the team discovered that students learned far more than coding with this resource. Additionally students learned math concepts, logic and cause and effect, problem solving, project design, and the ability to take criticism and persevere.
MIT professors recommend the following principles when introducing coding to students: projects, peers, passion, and play.
The students should be able to create a meaningful project about something that they are passionate about. They should be able to share with peers in their classroom and around the world. Additionally, they recommend the importance of encouraging students to play or tinker with their creations so that they take risks and they can learn from their failures.
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