“It was less of an addition to what we taught, and more of a shift in how we taught it,” she said.
So, how does she do it?
Before using programs or robots, she ties sequencing and commands to physical movement by having students follow a program listed with cards on a whiteboard, starting and stopping with begin and end commands.
Students then write programs to guide a peer across the room, making turns and avoiding obstacles.
They then move on to robots.
“Especially in these early years, combining robots with coding is powerful. They make coding more engaging and visual, allowing students to see their code brought to life.”
Grittt uses Kibo and Dash robots, and Puzzlets.
“New technologies such as these robotics kits offer children a way to learn computational thinking, while still honoring that they are young children who need to play, move and explore.”
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Jerry Fingal is a freelance writer specializing in education. This is an updated version of a post that originally published on Oct. 29, 2019.