Join Renaldo Lawrence for an in-depth discussion in this video Not all students are coders, part of Teaching Technical Skills Through Video.
- Around the world, there is an over abundance of companies, organizations, and people, beginning to teach students how to code. I think this is fantastic. Personally, I love coding. I see it open up loads of doors for opportunities for students. Coding teaches persistence, perseverance, risk-taking, and learning to take ideas and break them down into simpler parts. These skills can then help our students in any career path they choose.
I've seen this first hand at Chiswick School. Chiswick is a secondary school in London, England, where I am the eLearning content creator. My job involves both teaching and working with staff to create interactive multimedia content, to help teach and engage students. As part of my teaching role, we've begun to look at coding for our students. We have decided that we will cover coding for all of our students at Key Stage Three, ages 11-14.
And then let the students and parents, themselves, make the choice whether they want to carry on or not. When we're teaching and talking about coding, I think we need to realize, that not all students want to code at a high level. I've learnt this from a survey we conducted with students who had gone through the three year training. The results showed us, that some of the students did not want to carry on learning to code. But I believe, that by exposing them to coding, we've started to help them develop those important skills that we mentioned earlier.
And by providing specialist classes, and clubs, for students who want to continue to code, their level of engagement is so much higher. The bottom line is that coding is important, but not all students are coders, or wish to develop that skill set. So just like not all students are artists, musicians, dentists, or doctors, I know this may sound a bit controversial, but I firmly believe that we need to cultivate each student's skills set.
- Understanding students' learning styles
- Using support materials
- Exploring example content
- Preparing video lessons
- Using TubeChop, Adobe Spark, and other video applications
- Connecting with other teachers