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Creation and Personal Expression with CODE in Elementary Computer Classes at Southland
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Friday, October 11, 2019
Shown in the picture are fourth graders Wes Brock and Campbell Wiggins. Campbell has mastered a level that was proving to be quite difficult. She then began to help others through the difficult level. This is a major component of the CODE program-teamwork. Way to go Campbell!
Shown in the picture are fourth graders Wes Brock and Campbell Wiggins. Campbell has mastered a level that was proving to be quite difficult. She then began to help others through the difficult level. This is a major component of the CODE program-teamwork. Way to go Campbell!

According to the web-site bitedegree.org, coding runs the world as we know it, but the vast majority of people aren’t even aware of its existence, let alone what it is. Before we start, I want you to answer this question for yourself. Right-click somewhere inside your browser window, and select ‘View Page Source’. Scroll through the window that pops up and see if you recognize or understand anything. As you may have expected, you were just viewing the code behind this webpage, or the document object model (DOM). That means, that you see the full markup of the page and if you have learned at least the basics HTML, CSS or JavaScript, it might be easier to spot some familiar tags and elements. Now, in simple terms, let’s define coding as the basic act of writing – in a programming language – a script that a computer can understand. This script will tell the computer to behave in a certain way, to do a certain thing, and to, ultimately, perform the actions that you want it to – if your code is right. 

Many of the projects, assignments, and activities in the CODE curriculum that we use in Elementary Computer Classes ask students to be creative, to express themselves and then to share their creations with others. While certain lessons focus on learning and practicing new skills, our goal is always to enable students to transfer these skills to creations of their own. Everyone seeks to make their mark on society, including our students, and CODE wants to give them the tools they need to do so. When computer science provides an outlet for personal expression and creativity, students are intrinsically motivated to deepen the understandings that will allow them to express their views and carve out their place in the world.

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