Coding Apps for 5 and 6 year olds – Perry Elementary School STS Team Spotlight

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Perry Elementary School student team members standing in front of their display. L to R: Hunter Adkinson, Kindergarten; Herman Platte, 1st grade; Taya Schartzer, 1st grade; and Makenzie Nyboer, Kindergarten.
Perry Elementary School student team members standing in front of their display. L to R: Hunter Adkinson, Kindergarten; Herman Platte, 1st grade; Taya Schartzer, 1st grade; and Makenzie Nyboer, Kindergarten.

The 16th annual AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase took place December 7, 2016 in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. The event featured nearly 40 student teams from around the state that showcased students demonstrating the use of classroom technology. This is a series to highlight the participating teams. Articles were submitted by each team.

The Perry Elementary School student team project featured at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol focused on coding for elementary students.

A sign in the team display with pictures & the coding programs.
A sign in the team display with pictures & the coding programs.

Kindergarten and first grade students are learning both process and content through written and auditory text. Coding provides activities that introduce and develop digital literacy skills that for the most part do not require the prerequisite knowledge and fluency of written language. The team demonstrated three coding apps that allow pre-readers to develop computer science skills.

These apps were Scratch Jr., Kodable and Codespark’s TheFoos.

“Coding apps and related resources have infiltrated every aspect of my curriculum as they empower students to understand direction, patterns, sequences, repeat loops, and cause and effect relationships,” said elementary teacher Eric Bentley.

For more photos from the event visit http://sts.macul.org/photos.  

Team Teacher/Mentor

Eric Bentley is an elementary teacher for Perry Elementary School and the MACUL SIG EE (elementary education) communications officer. For more about his classroom visit thetreehouseclassroom.com.

School

The Perry Elementary School is a K-4 school located in Perry, Michigan. It is proud to provide a safe and caring environment where every student has an opportunity to achieve their potential. For more information about the school visit http://www.perry.k12.mi.us/elementary_school.