Coding, a synonym for computer language programming, is becoming increasingly trendy in schools. Should you consider starting a coding club in your school? Read up and decide for yourselves!
When you register your club, you (as Club Guru) get to choose a theme. Possible themes include: Storytelling, Art, Fashion & Design, Friends, Sports, Social Media, Music & Sound, and Game Design. Each theme has different lessons and objectives, so you could potentially have students in many different clubs. When you create a club, each student will automatically get a login account and password. This info works for the CS First website, where students watch videos and are given their daily activities, and this same info is used as their Scratch login information. This is where they will create all of their coding!
While all the instructions and backup plans and solutions are supplied, I would suggest registering yourself as a student in your own club, and experiencing the club from that point of view ahead of time. That will help you understand what needs to be accomplished in your next session, as well as highlight goals and tips and tricks to share with your students.
Each club runs for 8 sessions (you could do it twice a week for 4 weeks, once a week for 8 weeks... you decide!). In my experience, one hour was sufficient per session. You may want and need extra time if you are running this club for younger grades.
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