From 2019, coding will be a compulsory requirement for primary and secondary schools in New South Wales. How are you going to integrate this into your classroom?
Technology is becoming an increasingly prominent part of the learning experience in schools around the country. Although Australia is no stranger to private coding courses for kids, such as Code Camp (a popular school holiday and afterschool coding program that all around the country and all year round), there is a concern that this commercialisation of the skill makes it inaccessible to many kids. The government’s response to this has come through updates to the NSW curriculum, which will see primary and secondary students introduced to coding in school.
Fifteen-year-old Sarvasv Kulpati taught himself how to code and took the initiative to pass on his knowledge to younger students at his school. Understanding the language of technology allows children to be more self-sufficient and encourages them to think about the devices they are using. Coding teaches problem-solving, the breakdown of tasks and how to correct and learn from mistakes.
Coding doesn’t have to be confusing! Think Fun has developed some fun coding activities to help you introduce coding into the classroom.
1. Follow the sequence
A lot of coding is about following steps. Watch this example of the sandwich-making challenge, and think how you can use this activity to create a link between coding and following instructions for a process children will already be familiar with (like making a sandwich or building things with Lego). This will teach them some of the fundamental ideas behind coding in an accessible and fun way.
2. Write your name in code
Using ASCII code, children can write their names in the language of binary! You can use the numbers themselves, or try colour coding to make bracelets, keychains and other designs. Learn more at Mama Smiles.
3. Hello Ruby!
Originally a children’s book about computers, technology and programming, Hello Ruby has grown into a great resource for exercises, games and apps for teaching children about coding. The website says it’s suited for kids age five years and older, but adults are encouraged to learn too!
To learn how to approach these upcoming curriculum changes, attend the Unpacking Coding, Design & Computational Thinking Conference in Sydney on 29th & 30th August. Representatives from Independent, Catholic and Primary schools will help demystify and debug the coding process and provide practical takeaways that can be implemented in the classroom tomorrow.
Watch the video below to hear more about how Criterion can help you make Digital Technologies more accessible and achievable in your school: