At first I thought I would try the Hour of Code because I had seen quite a few people in the ECMP class post about how they loved it. I thought I was doing alright until I got to level 6. Level six stumped me and eventually made me quit.
|Screenshot of an attempt at level 6|
|Another screenshot of my attempts|
Then I thought I would try the child games on Scratch. I have never been a fan of video games or computer games, so I thought that attempting to make my own would be just as frustrating for me as the Hour of Code...but since our task was to complete one of these things, I had to complete one.
I thought I was doing alright to begin with. I made a little creature guy (I even gave him some custom accessories) and then I sat down and tried to decide what I would make him do. I mentally decided on a disco dance type thing. I don't know if anyone else had issues with this, but I could NOT figure out how to make the thing go! I could write all the "code" I wanted to, but making him go was impossible! Then, as I was getting frustrated and pressing random buttons, I somehow managed to get him to turn upside down, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it.
|Screenshot of my upside down Scratch guy|
|Neither of the avatars will move on command|
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So what I have decided is that I am incapable of learning and being comfortable with code. I was beat by, not one...but TWO, applications for children to play with to learn how to code. I have decided that code is not for me...and that's OKAY.
Coding is something that is becoming increasingly more important for our everyday lives. I do not question the worth it has for children to learn how to code at an early age - like learning French. It will help them get jobs in the future and will help them understand the world. Unfortunately for me, I also did not learn French past grade 8 when I was given the choice.
When teaching coding in schools, I think it needs to be taught with care. Not everyone will be "code-minded" and this is totally okay. I wouldn't push coding and computer technology on every student, but I can definitely see it as an elective in high schools, or as a portion of a modular class in elementary schools.
Coding is difficult. There will always be people who need to understand and work with coding to make our society operate on the level and platform it does today. If you're like me and just cannot get the hand of this coding thing...just make sure you know someone who will help you out!