My goals for my classroom are to help students to work to solve problems, and begin to think like coders. The lessons here, both unplugged and plugged encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and creative solutions, which is something all students will need in their academic careers.
I’m most excited about my students learning to work on the computer in pairs. First graders sometimes have a hard time sharing responsibilities when partner learning. With it’s defined roles of driver and navigator, and the entertaining nature of the modules, I think these lessons will be a great way to build team skills while learning computer coding.
The main challenge may be computer literacy. Many of my students don’t have regular access to computers at home, so they are lacking computer literacy. I think I’ll likely need to spend time teaching basic computer literacy and digital citizenship before beginning the lessons in the code.org lessons.