Reflection Week 6

This has been a wild week. I have read a lot of good blogs, and everyone seemed to have been focused on the same material. We all had about the same pros and cons for coding. I like the idea of coding, but in reality, where do you put it in a classroom? I like a lot of things we have discussed, again, where does it fit. I do not see coding being important for younger kids where others say it is. I don’t see coding being equivalent to a foreign language or as important as that. They are not the same and should not be confused with each other.

I agree that coding would increase creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and logic. I also agree that kids need to be kids when they are young. Computer science is a fast growing employment opportunity, but so is the medical field. Comments were made that if we don’t teach it, kids will be laypersons. I thought that was a little far fetched, since we all know that those jobs are going to exist, and someone is going to have to do them.

Computer programing and coding are not for everyone, and that’s ok. To make it an optional program should be a choice our children have in school. I think they should be able to try everything, but in reality it is not possible. The biggest factor here is who is to say they are qualified to teach it? I’m not, that’s for sure. To me that’s ok too. I would like to learn the basic to use in a robotics class, but to teach coding, that’s not for me. There are people that study those things and they should be the ones to teach it as a class, not as a 30 minute extra thing in school.

Me using thirty minutes of class time to let four people play with code would be a distraction for the other twenty-five people in class. This has been a great learning experience for me, and I have gained a lot from the blogs that I read. Our future is in technology. We just have to remember that there will be those that use it, and those that build and fix it. But that will not be our entire society.

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2 comments

  1. lwforuas693 · June 29, 2015

    John, I appreciate that you made the distinction between actual coding and the programs that have done the coding ahead of time and students just manipulate the pieces. In my argument I am referring elementary students’ use of programs like Hour of Code on a short term basis. I did not have the opportunity to read your blog until Monday, so I am posting my most convincing argument for coding in school as a response to your blog.
    The most compelling argument for computer coding in schools is that coding is an activity that demands critical thinking. A person who works with coding has to repeatedly consider, “If I do this, then this will happen.” Conversely they must reflect, “If I want this to occur, what must I do?” There are very few activities in school where the result of an action is so directly obvious, and most of them (arts, crafts, and industrial sciences, chemistry, physics) require the use of expensive materials that must be replaced any time there is an error or the product does not turn out as expected. A board cut too short cannot be made longer again, but a coded activity can be revised over and over again until the desired result is achieved.
    Not all students enjoy and are successful at art, and not all students will enjoy and be successful at coding. Is it as essential to lifelong success like learning to read? No, but for many students the opportunities found at school are the only opportunities they will get. We do not expect our students to become Rembrandts and Hoppers when we do art activities in school, so we should not expect our students to become Steve Jobs or John Connor. But if your students have access to computers, coding exercises would be as valuable an experience as hearing a good-quality folktale.

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    • jnyboy1131 · July 1, 2015

      Now that is a compelling argument that I have not seen yet. Your comments make me want to reconsider my thoughts, only because I have never thought of it that way. Thank you for the comment, I am glad to get good feedback!

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