Coding is not just for programmers, nor just to occur in an online environment. In the past few weeks, Mrs. Krefting’s French as a Second Language classes were looking at French coding language and how it can make an object move.
Students were using paper coding blocks of information to create a script. They then transferred that information into a coding application called the Tickle app. In this application, students were able to choose a specific bluetooth-enabled device, use their created script and then have the bluetooth device, in this case, an Ollie, react to the script. If Ollie did not perform the way the students thought it should, they would go back into the script, change it and re-run the program. This process of iterating, prototyping and modifying allows students to see that learning is an ongoing process and that they may not always get the perfect reaction they were seeking.
Coding can be used in any subject area and builds on a number of competencies such as critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving.