You Do WHAT in Kindergarten? Coding Club #SAVMP #KIDSDESERVEIT #MNP3PRINCIPALS

This year I have had the amazing opportunity to participate in a few Voxer groups that have given me the nudge to pursue coding at my school.  With great mentorship from Adam Welcome and Dr. Brad Gustafson I was able to really wrap my head around-do kindergartners really have the ability to code?  With some visual supports from Jennifer Kloczko I jumped into research and planning.

This next month we are kicking off a ‘Coding Club’.  For 6-8 weeks I will get the opportunity to work with small groups of students during the day using a variety of technology tools to develop our skills in the following:

By learning to code and operate robots we will be able to:

  • Create solutions for problems
  • Collaborate with each other
  • Develop visual spatial skills (the ability to mentally orientate, manipulate, track and rotate robots)
  • Reflect on our learning
  • Read and interpret visual information
  • Demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of technology.
  • Independently apply digital tools and resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.
  • Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology

In order to get this all up and running I needed to secure:

  • Space (play centers when not in use)
  • Materials (we have 6 Spheros and a ‘Hive’ of Beebots as well as 6 iPads and a cart soon to come).
  • Parent communication (we are adding a section to our blog https://packersintraining.wordpress.com/ for parents to watch our progress).
  • Connection with current programs (we ran by our vocabulary with current VEX Robotic Coaches at our Intermediate, Middle and High School)
  • A tentative lesson plan format and focus for the week.  I also identified ISTE Standards as well as Minnesota Kindergarten Standards for linkage back to classroom learning.
  • STUDENTS!  Teachers are working right now to identify a few students that might enjoy developing a Spark in computer science, programing and collaborating with their peers.

My hope is to have a mini open house during conferences so parents can ‘see’ what we are doing.  So to answer the question-YES we are Coding in Kindergarten!

Keep Dreaming BIG for our Littlest Learners,

 

Jessica

 

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