CODING FOR ALLThomasson said the grades K-2 students usually use Scratch Jr., while grades 3-5 use Scratch and Code.org. “It’s just for everybody,” Thomasson said, explaining that she initially had concerns about how coding would work for special education and special needs students. “It’s instruction.”
The Park City School District has teamed up with the Park City Education Foundation to prepare their students for a life in a world surrounded by computers by teaching them coding fundamentals from a young age.
At Avondale Elementary School District, I designed and facilitated coding classes mandated for all grades K-8. Because the district requires everyone to participate in roughly 48 coding classes each year, I adopted an approach which centered on creating and remixing interest-driven coding projects to create a space for a variety of interests to drive deep learning. Young coders engaged with projects using a variety of programming languages to create music, art, animation, games, stories, or even iPad apps using professional software such as Xcode.