Woodland Second Graders Are Learning to Code

This afternoon in the AT&T Classroom the Woodland second graders had their first coding lesson using the Daisy the Dinosaur app on the iPads. Daisy the Dinosaur introduces children to the basic elements of coding using a drag-and-drop interface. The app has a challenge mode and a free play mode. The challenge mode tutorial shows the user how to use drag-and-drop steps to make the dinosaur move, jump, shrink and grow. There is also a free play mode in which users can design their own program to animate Daisy. Providing opportunities for young children to learn coding skills fosters children’s abilities for mathematical reasoning as well as skills for critical thinking,
divergent thinking, creativity and problem solving.