So, what do parents need to know about coding?
Ultimately CODING is all about creating precise instructions for digital devices to operate in routine ways to meet our needs. Whenever we use our phones, computers, or just about any other devices that has automated capabilities, someone has created the code for that device to operate.
At our school we are striving to give students more of the best opportunities to think critically and creatively; to improve their efforts and the products of their learning; to collaborate more effectively; and to develop strong problem solving and reasoning capabilities. As teachers seek to better understanding the new Digital Technologies Australian Curriculum, we are shifting our headset into new areas where students may develop those capabilities. Coding is one of these areas.
The curriculum around coding starts with a focus on younger students defining simple problems, and describing and following a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them. As student progress through year levels they will be more frequently designing, modifying and following simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition). Eventually students will implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration, and user input. Parents can find out more about coding by exploring this site with their child: https://code.org/learn
This week’s CODE-athon challenge provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop an understanding of algorithms and how they underpin the coding process. Most of our coding activities will be off line to begin with.
Our coding challenges will occur this Wednesday 22 June and Friday 24 June. The timetable below shows the event, day, time and venue when your child’s class will participate. You are most welcome to join us at that time and participate in the challenge.
We trust that children and families have been able to collect sponsors for this, our major fundraiser. We are keen to equip our new Studio with technologies that encourage students to explore, create and collaborate. Students love using the green screen and digital microscopes and with our CODE-athon funds we will be able to access a great deal more. We thank you in anticipation of your generous financial support of this event.
There is an incentive raffle with exciting prizes which will be highly sought after! For every $10 students raise, they will receive one ticket in the raffle. Sponsorship money needs to be returned in time for the raffle on the last Wednesday of term.