Kids Learn to Write Computer Code

Updated: 12/11/2013 8:53 PM
Created: 12/11/2013 4:36 PM

Students at Roosevelt Elementary aren't just learning on computers. They're now learning to program them as well.

For the past couple of weeks, kids have been learning to write computer code, as part of the Hour of Code event. Code is the instructions that computers use to run programs and games.

The Hour of Code is a national movement meant to inspire young people to get interested in computer programming. And the learning part is being made fun, by using characters like Angry Birds.

Plus they're getting words of wisdom and encouragement from big wigs like President Obama and Bill Gates in their tutorials.

Principal Willie Spelts said it's about making sure students here have the same or better opportunities to learn as the kids in the Twin Cities.

Students we spoke to said it's fun learning to code.

Steph Kowalski, a 5th grader, said, "You have control of the computer." She also told us it was a little hard, until you get the hang of it.

And learning to code isn't the only tech-savvy thing going on in Virginia. They're in year three of their iPad initiative. That means some teachers are able to use the flipped classroom approach.

Students watch videos on their iPads at home, to get ready for lab work in class. Then the teacher can focus on the hands-on learning with the students.

6th graders take a specific class called E-Learning, which focuses solely on how to use the iPad. That way teachers in other subjects can then focus on the subjects, not how to use the apps.

Also, high school students are earning school credit by providing tech support for the iPads. It's about the new wave of the future.

After all, new web designers, app creators, and computer programmers are learning in those halls.

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