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Freeman Elementary Coding Club: A New Opportunity

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Freeman Elementary will begin it’s first Coding Club for students K-6 this month.  After attending the Nebraska Education Technology Associations spring conference and seeing several other schools in the state had started a club, we wanted to offer this great opportunity here at Freeman.  We began with a mission statement to support Freeman Public Schools vision of promoting excellence in educational programs.  It will enhance the district goals of utilizing technology as the students work with iPads and Chromebooks to learn the basics of computer programming.  Being a part of the club will create strong leadership skills in and out of the classroom.  Students skills will increase when using the computers, but more so they will see positive changes occur within their daily life off of the computers as well.  Students will learn to think sequentially, logically, and systematically as they solve problems in their programs. It will increase their creativity and build accuracy.  They will develop language and communication skills, collaboration, and teamwork as they work in small groups.  Teachers and parents will see a growth in their independence, perseverance, and show increased confidence.  When learning computer coding on balances the brain by using both right and left hemispheres.  Students will utilize math and language concepts in a meaningful and motivating way.

To begin, students will be using their problem solving skills “off screen” in order to understand what “coding” is all about.  They will then be able to work with applications on Chromebooks and iPads such as Scratch, Jr., Kodable, Hopscotch, Daisy and Dinosaur, and the Osmo Coding system.  They will use a game board “off screen” to put their coding knowledge into place.  Once students have learned the basics of coding, they will be able to create their own games for the computer.

We are very excited about this new opportunity.  Coding Club meets every other Monday for an hour and a half.  We had a surprising turn out in receiving over 50 applications in grades K-6.  Our space and membership is currently limited.  We have high school student volunteers that will not only also achieve the skills for the Coding Club members, but will also earn volunteer hours and what a great item to add to one’s resume!

If you have any questions, please email Marcy Marker at mmarker@freemanschools.net or Aimee Parde at aparde@freemanschools.net.  We’d be happy to answer any questions about this new adventure for Freeman Elementary Students.

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