Written by Charlotte Brearley of BSD Education
The Hour of Code is a great opportunity to bring coding into your classroom and to introduce your students to some vital digital skills. You’ll see your students’ eyes light up as they discover what they can build and create and the likelihood is they’ll want to do more. With this in mind, it will benefit them to have opportunities to develop their digital skills throughout the school year as well.
So, how do you bring digital skills and coding into the classroom on a more regular basis?
Here are three ideas that can be used in your classroom immediately:
1. Encourage your students to “go digital” when doing assignments and class projects. Rather than drawing a poster, they could design a website or do a video presentation using Flipgrid. Bringing in digital approaches will not only develop students’ skills, but will also more closely align school projects with what students will have to do in the workplace.
2. Prompt students to think about how technology links to a range of subject areas. It is vital that students see how technology relates to almost everything in the real world and how it can be used to solve real problems. Ask questions to prompt their thinking. Covering biology? Ask how technology is used in medicine. Studying art? Look at digital artists. Technology is present in every walk of life and the sooner students connect their digital skills with the real world, the better.
3. Set up specific time for digital activities in your classroom. This could be weekly or monthly but make the time!
a.) You could use the slot for a combination of mini on-screen and unplugged activities throughout the semester.
b.) You could set your students a challenge that they can work on across the semester as a passion project.
Whatever format you choose, give students the opportunity to be creative and explore the many ways technology can be used by introducing them to a range of different resources.
At BSD we advocate for the use of real world technology projects in every classroom throughout the school year. We believe that regular exposure to technology in a range of different contexts is the best way to prepare students for using technology in their futures and to understand how to apply it in connection with their interests.
To see what BSD can do for you, contact us here.