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Start with baby steps and soon you will be sailing into coding

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, celebrated December 6-12, 2020, I decided to post about some coding websites to help get you started on your journey to code and program. Let’s empower our learners by learning this 21st-century learning skill of coding. First, let’s start with the basics – mindset.

1. Mindset: Anyone can code – that’s right! YOU can learn to code. A mindset is a powerful tool; start a can-do attitude you can learn to code! You CAN do this! You may need any prerequisite s ills to learn to code. I learned this skill during an edcamp I attended a few years back with my good friends Kelsey and Nicole. A first, I was super intimidated by the word coding. B t once I jumped in and tried something new, I was encouraged and inspired to keep going, and soon I was sailing!

2. Keep it simple: Coding doesn’t’ h ve to be complicated. At first, think about boiling a task down into simple steps and take one small step at a time. Think of Bill Murray in What about Bob. He has to take baby steps each step of the way. I encourage you to do the same.

3. Get a group together: Coding is g eat when you can get a group of friends together (virtually, of course) to code together. S art a coding challenge and encourage everyone to try coding. Each semester in my college course, introduction to educational technology, we do an hour of code (well, more like ½ hour of code) as a class. We see as a class who can get the farthest but most importantly, what coding taught us beyond HTML and JAVA. Coding goes beyond C++. It teaches us perseverance, trying again, reworking, editing, trying something new, and pushing forward.

Alright, so we have everything we need. With an open mind, we are going t take small steps and find friends to go on the coding journey with us. Now, all we need is the internet, thinking positive thoughts, and having a connection. WRONG! You can start learning to code with unplugged activities – here are a few to get you started:

Ok, we did our unplugged or printable activities now, let’s get into some coding on the computer – so now we will need that good ol’ internet connection. Connected? Good, let’s check out these resources to get started:

Perhaps you want to take coding off the screen into your hands! Well, you must put fun and easy-to-use coding toys on your teacher wishlist for all ages! These coding