Coding in the Classroom: 6 Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers and Students Started

I shared this article because I think we can all resonate with this in our own way.   Even as ed techies, there are technologies and coding languages that can be intimidating to us.  While educational technology and a push towards computer science in general is emerging in many schools around the world, many teachers can experience reluctance in integrating unfamiliar tools.  As mentioned in this article, teachers often adopt the stance of “I’m not a programmer, so I can’t learn how to code.”  Others worry about how they could incorporate computer science into their instruction when they already have to meet the demands of their core content.  Others would also say that there are just so many resources that they feel overwhelmed and simply don’t know where to start. Authors Alexandra Diracles and Katarina Pasinky attempt to reassure teachers who share these fears by highlighting the fact that our students are learning just as we are. They also go on to explain that teachers should sequence their use of CS so that it seamlessly pops up in curriculum when necessary.  This way teachers will be using technology in meaningful ways. There are also resources such as block-based coding languages that make starting a lot more tangible.  There is no doubt that coding and educational technology in general can be a foreign language for teachers, however, there are many resources to help us move in the right direction.  If you’ve ever experienced these fears, I would highly recommend this article.