At Saint Nicholas Catholic School, students are taught the importance and responsibilities of using technology. The “Hour of Code” is a global movement that takes place in over 180 countries, reaching millions of students worldwide. The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week. During this week, students are able to code using interactive, themed applications.
This year at Saint Nicholas, Director of Technology Peggy Carroll, has been exposing students to the world of coding. Starting in kindergarten and going through eighth grade, students are granted the opportunity to explore coding using applications like Scratch, Scratch Jr., and Codebuilder on their iPads and computers and through the use of “spheros.”
Coding is not something only done during Computer Science Education Week, rather, it is integrated throughout the whole school year.
For the past few years, coding has been an elective offered to junior high classes but now it is incorporated into technology classes. Teaching children how to code improves creativity and problem-solving skills. It also enhances persistence and collaboration.
Coding is the reason why students utilize computers, and in today’s society, it is important for students to understand what coding is, how it works, and why it is such an important aspect in the world. The students love utilizing their coding skills to challenge themselves and their classmates, and we love seeing the academic growth and teamwork coding has brought to our school.