Elementary students learn the basics of coding

When many of us were growing up, the only language we learned at school was a foreign one. Now, students are also learning a digital language: Code.

Liberty Elementary School students are learning the basics of coding through a 21st century curriculum and online tools such as Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that teaches the fundamentals of coding in a way so simple even the youngest of learners can grasp it.

Third-grade students from Mrs. Houghtaling’s class went quiet as they entered directional commands into form a complete sentence in Code. Pretty soon, they had no problem instructing Byte (the app’s animated character) using basic coding commands.  Cheers erupted – as well as a request to keep playing the app during recess!

A third grade student sitting at his desk turns his face and iPad toward the camera. The ipad is loading an app. The screen reads "Learn to Code."Screenshot of an app on a SmartBoard. On the left, there is code. On the right, there is an animated character who is walking on a path directed by the code.