“What most schools don’t teach” is the firs video I watched from Code.org which, personally inspired me to look deeper into Computer Science (CS) and programming. Even though I already was a Front-End Web Developer, I didn’t really knew what I was missing; and I’m not talking about the remunaration or other benefits someone may receiving by working at a software developing company (have you ever seen the Googleplex for example?), but of the “Brave New World” that is in front of us and that very few people get into beacuse of misconceptions like:
It’s too hard
This is only for Nerds
I will never be able to program
I’m not good at math
This is only for boys (I think this is the worst misconception)
Who started this?
Code.org was started by Hadi Partovi, a software born in Tehran, Iran; who later migrated to the United States. His story and vision can be seen in this Tedx video.
Most people look at program as something that is difficult and unapproachable, but the reality is that many kids can now program before they can read. Programming languages are the building blocks of the tools we use in today’s society. These languages are imperative for understanding how our world works today. To help our students understand more about the world around them and how the tools they use work, FDR is exploring what programming looks like at the various levels of learning for our students. Through the use of apps, websites, and robots, our Digital Coaches will develop activities that integrate into the curriculum to support current learning objectives while also developing a new skill set for students. To aid in developing this learning, we have invested in various resources for testing and reviewing.
To build excitement around this idea, the team will work to organize a Hour of Code activities for our students to engage with the idea of coding.
The following robots have been purchased for arrival in February 2016. We are excited to explore the learning opportunities that these robots can offer to students for developing their skills with programming. While we have been using Lego Mindstorm for an extended amount of time in our design classes and with a student club. We will explore how these additional devices can help develop the skill set further through earlier introductions and exploring through more than one type of robotic programming.