A1it's very easy to use, students love to try and fail and try again.
Great tip from Martin: We often forget that teachers who asked to teach this have never touched code!
Miriam shared great links! This is the everyone can code homepage.
Vivian is worried about how to implement it in the curriculum, I'm on her side for that. Not only in the Netherlands there is discusion over coding in class. Bronwyn shared this article about: What are the benefits of learning to code as a child?
Q2 What are your favorite coding recourses?
A2 microbit, hour of code, scratch, swift playgrounds, and codekinderen.nl.
Some others shared their best recourses: What about thus csunplugged and the recourses in the iTunes store are overwhelming. Suzanne share her favorite recourse: Sphero edu.
Q3 Have you been to or held any coding workshops?
A3 not at all that's way we are still sorting out how and when and why and all those questions. Coding is not on top of our minds. Coding is part of our 'mediawijsheid' class, i don't know if digital literacy is the best translation for that one.
Martin saved me here: ask the right question! Vivian's respond: always start with WHY!
Q4 what subjects do you integrate code into? Share some examples.
A4 no examples to share yet, we start with coding after christmas break.
Miriam has another great recourse for us: teaching code good place to start! Pamela shared her starting point: hourofcode.com with a great visual from Sylvia Duckworth. Martin made me curious for Tynker. Will look at that. Suzanne is willing to share her iTunesU course and also Vivian wants to share her recourses. This is what being part of the ADE family is! Sharing is caring!!
Q5 What are your favourite coding accessoires?
A5 this would be osmo coding and ozobot! All the other stuff I'm not familiar with so can't say.
That's my first answer but when I think again: we have Ozobot, BB8 and Dash&Dot in the house! I see those are on wishlists of some participants!
Suzanne had a link to a podcast that gives her a lot of tips and background knowledge
Q6 What tips should you give to a teacher who has never taught code?
A6 That would be my all time favourite answer: Just do it! (but I will read all the tips carefully to learn!)
Tips from other participants: Just try it, check the recourses and soon you will dicover that everyone can code!
Think of it as simple instructions, not coding, then it's easier to understand what its use is.
Dive in and let students teach you!
Have fun! Coding is fun!
You just have to dive in and be prepared to learn something new, but something amazing!
First Tynker, then swift playgrounds.
Visit coding workshops!
Trust your teachers instinct!
Don't see it as something that's too complicated for you!
Be brave, try and get out of your comfort zone!
Last but not least this YouTube channel is shared