• We use Kano Computer Kit Completes, which allow students to build their own computer and then use the computer for engaging coding projects. It works seamlessly with a variety of apps, and the hardware components are targeted to students, making it easy to use.
  • Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools, offers free courses and projects targeted toward building coding confidence in students. We used their how-to guide to integrate an Hour of Code into our school; students work on coding-based activities for 60 minutes without interruption.
  • We also use Codecademy as a resource for online coding courses. They offer a variety of online classes that range from beginner to expert level. I’ve increased my own coding confidence by taking a few of their classes.

Minecraft in history class?

To really build on the mission of encouraging students to use creativity and tech, I came up with a project that uses Minecraft to teach U.S. history. Students build computers using the Kano kits and then play out what they have learned about the Civil War by creating bases with a limited supply of resources in-game. They use critical-thinking as well as creativity skills while demonstrating what they’ve learned. By having students immerse themselves in the curriculum, I’ve found that they have a higher recall and are excited about what they’ve learned.

Reinvigorating student learning through tech-infused activities is the perfect culmination of inspiring their creativity while teaching them vital skills they’ll need in life.

How I intregrate #coding across subjects

I encourage other teachers to think differently and take a chance by trying something new in your classroom. We’re raising students in a digital age, so it’s only fair that we give them the opportunity to hone their skills before they enter college and/or the workforce.

About the Author:

Fong Ly is a STEM teacher at Amana Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia.