Week 13

Rachel Richards

Dr. Ardito

Group D


Many believe that coding is the fundamental building block skills needed for 21st-century literacy. What does “coding” look like in school and how can student include it school’s curriculum. I believe that coding should be taught in school like other literacies subject, and it can benefit all students; not only the one's interested in computer programming. This way these students can gain a better understanding of technology and how it is shaping the world. It also helps students practice mastering skills because coding requires mastering in problem-solving.

In the article Computational Participation by Quinn Burke, W. Ian O’Byrne, & Yasmin B. Kafai talk about Understanding Coding as an Extension of Literacy Education. In this article, a teacher by the name of Chris Thurman stated that “he sees that coding is important for students at his school because it gives them a creative outlet for critical thinking and collaborative problem solving that will be useful in their future careers.”

This article further discusses “how coding can act as a creative and collaborative outlet for students, while still reinforcing literacy skills and strategies.” The advantage of coding in the classroom works a lot like when I differentiate using interest groups in my class, where students can learn using their interest, in this case, it can be computational, they get to share and connect through codes while learning to write codes. Coding can be included across all contents; with adjustment according to teaching styles or learning styles for that classroom. Coding in the classroom can also improve participation in the class, and student interaction.

In the article, We, Robot: Using robotics to promote mathematics and collaborative learning in a middle school classroom by Dr. Gerald Ardito and Dr. Pauline Mosley discussed the importance of incorporating technology-rich learning environment into the teaching of STEM areas in school. Ardito’s and Mosley's study focused on integrating robotics in sixth-grade math/science classrooms to deepen the student understanding as well as their ability to solve a problem and collaborate productively with peers. Their research included multiple activities of a student to student interaction and collaboration in the classroom. It included skills such as art, math, literacy skills, problem-solving, and critical thinking that students should learn in the school. In Lauren classroom, the students had an opportunity to practice multiple skills in mathematics while being constructed around the New York sixth Grade Mathematical Exam.

 Technology is all around us, and the use in school is growing, many schools like using technology in the classroom, like google classroom. However, as educators, we need to develop with it to better support our students. One way we can do this is by teaching coding in the classroom to all contents, and help prepare for the changes that are happening in the world so that our students can stay up to speed.


    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      Thanks for such a thoughtful and thorough response.

      I am wondering if you can see coding working in your classroom at all. What do you think?

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