Kindergartners at Woodridge have been learning computer science and coding over the last few weeks. The students participated in computer science stations to learn concepts like algorithms, sequencing, loops, and debugging – it’s becoming part of their everyday vocabulary! Each week, the students have used tools like Code.org, games, simple robots, and Code Jumper.
A team from Microsoft visited Woodridge to see what the students are learning in computer science and how they are engaging with the Code Jumper tool to learn coding. They filmed two kindergarten classrooms in action as part of an international research study (Project Torino) and the production of a tool (Code Jumper), designed by a Microsoft Research Team. This tool was originally being developed to support students with visual impairments as it relates to learning to code with physical computing, but it is turning out to be an inclusive tool for all learners.