Wait Primary First Graders Learn to Code with Daisy the Dinosaur

This afternoon in the AT&T Classroom the first graders had their first coding lesson using the Daisy the Dinosaur iPad app. Daisy the Dinosaur is designed to introduce children to the basic elements of coding through 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. This afternoon the students worked through the initial levels of the challenge mode and were then introduced to the free play mode.
Providing opportunities for young children to learn to code fosters children’s abilities for mathematical reasoning as well as skills for critical thinking, divergent thinking, creativity and problem solving.