September 15, 2015

Unplugged Coding...No Devices Required!

What is coding? Coding makes it possible to create apps, websites and other computer software. Anyone can learn to code! It's just like learning another language. 

Why should we teach coding? Computer programming is one of the top paying college degrees, and computer science jobs are growing twice as fast as other jobs. 

Recently, several teachers participated in an "unplugged" coding activity. "Unplugged" coding is coding without technology or devices. The teachers completed a programming activity where they wrote code with only six directions. Then the "robot" tried to work through the code. After errors where found in the code, each team debugged their program to correct the errors and the "robot" would run the program again. Let's just say this was MUCH harder than it appeared and there was a lot of debugging taking place!


Now these teachers are taking the unplugged coding skills to the classroom! If you would like to learn more about coding and how to teach coding, join us for our Hour of Code Series.

To learn more about coding, visit Code.org or contact your ETS Coach!

2 comments:

  1. What a great idea.... following directions is important.... following the steps!! Cool Beans!

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