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Principal Jones offers to arrange demonstration of writing code

Principal of ACPC explains what code is and what students have been doing in "Hour of Code"
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By Patty Jones

Coding is what the designers of the internet, software programmers, and video game designers do on a daily basis. It is writing the controls for a program for a website, computer program, or video game that allows the components of the program to run. If you have ever played Pac-Man or fooled around with a drawing tool on the computer you have benefited from the "code" that someone wrote for that program.

In the activity that the students at ACPC completed they wrote the "code" for a bird to move through a maze to catch a pig, or they allowed Anna and Elsa from Frozen to draw snowflakes, or they designed Minecraft (a game I still don't quite know much about) designs.

In the process they had to use their highest level thinking skills to direct items and then write out those directions. They then had the opportunity to "test" their program. If it worked, they cheered and moved on to the next challenge. If it didn't, they sighed and went back to the drawing board and tried again. These are the very things we as adults do each day. We try a plan, if we succeed we celebrate and move on. If we fail, we whine a bit and then jump right back on the at horse and try again.

These are the very skills we want our students to gain from this in addition to the high level math and conceptual thinking skills that are gained as well.

If anyone would like a student to demonstrate how to write "code" just give me a call and I will be happy to arrange a demonstration. You can contact me at

Patty Jones, Principal
Adair County Primary Center

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