The thought processes involved in coding are essential to success in our constantly changing world because they reinforce the four C’s — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity — plus the ever important P: problem-solving.
The excitement and accomplishment students feel when successfully completing a coding challenge during the Hour of Code is inspiring. To keep that feeling going after they have completed their Hour of Code, try out the following resources in your classroom:
This site offers picture books, downloadable activities and lesson plans to teach coding to younger students.
If you feel inspired to get started with coding in your classroom, but don’t feel like you have the skills, keep in mind that Hour of Code offers activities for all ages and all skill sets. Use these resources and others to go beyond the Hour of code.
(Photo by Allen Zaki)
Darshell Silva is a librarian at Suzanne M Hensler Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, an RISTE (ISTE’s RI affiliate) board member, and an member of ISTE STEM PLN leadership team.
This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on Dec. 8, 2015.