3rd Graders learn to code!
This year the 3rd graders are beginning to learn to code. Part of the code.org course is to complete "unplugged activities" which reinforce what they are learning on the computers. In the above activity, called "Graph Paper Programming," the students are "programming" one another to draw pictures, which deepens their understanding of the concepts of programming. Not only are the students learning to communicate ideas through codes and symbols, but they are also learning to translate real-life problems into programs.
The 3rd graders have begun coding through the coursework in code.org as well. There are 18 lessons in Course 1, and at the end of the course they earn a Certificate of Completion for Course 1.
Some students have asked for the link to do their coding at home. The link for 3rd grade is: http://studio.code.org/sections/KWPQYK. Of course they will need to log in with their name and password, which they have all been given.
If your child chooses to do coding at home, please make sure that they are doing their own work. It is such a fun website that often older siblings like to do the activities, which will hinder the users progress when they have to go it alone. They can, however, do any activity in the Play Lab together!