This week we learned about coding! I had limited knowledge of what coding was before this week. I knew it was about computers and I knew it was about creating programs on the computer. I also thought it had something to do with binary coding, where you type series of 0 and 1 to talk to the computer. My background knowledge wasn’t too far off, but it wasn’t exactly right either. Turns out that you can code using terms and methods other than binary code, and you can use coding to do fun things like creating games and cards!
Rachel posted a really great definition of coding, that coding is basically telling a computer what to do! Im glad that I stumbled across her blog this week and found that definition, because it is a quick and clear way to explain coding.
I really enjoyed the Ted Talk video by Mitch Resnick. He explained coding and its benefits really well, and his program Scratch seems so great. That is somethings that I could really use in my classroom. It seems easy (relatively speaking) and fun!
Unfortunately I missed the twitter chat this week, but I was able to go back and read over the conversation that took place seemed really interesting, and I was able to get a lot of insight from others in the class sharing their thoughts and opinions.