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Friday, December 9, 2016

MISD Students Crack the Code

Students at Perry Elementary complete a coding problem.
Coding can be an intimidating subject, but students all across Mansfield ISD are proving that it’s so easy, a kindergartner can do it.

Kids from various grade levels are engaged in learning computer science. It’s all part of the Hour of Code, a global movement where people of all ages spend an hour learning the basics of coding and solving problems in fun ways.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. This year, it landed on Dec. 5-11.

Technology teacher Jami Davis from Annette Perry Elementary School said she can see the difference in her students when they begin to decipher code.

“Code develops higher-level thinking and problem solving,” said Davis. “Once they start coding and solving the questions, they start feeling good about themselves and getting more self-esteem.”

Davis said she implemented the Hour of Code at her school three years ago when the worldwide initiative was launched because she saw how important the skill is for each child’s future.

“I believe that making these students efficient in technology is just as important as math and reading for future jobs,” she continued.

Although the level of difficulty for coding varies by grade levels, Davis said one thing remains the same—student engagement.

She noted that students are wanting to code in their free time, and she has expanded her coding lessons to three weeks because one hour is not enough to her.

“I encourage any teacher who is hesitant about joining to just do it—even if you don’t know code. has made it very easy with videos and tutorials. It’s a great experience.”

To date, tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries have participated in the Hour of Code. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. For more information, visit the website.