I’m at a course this week learning to teaching Coding and Robotics to the Elementary and Middle Grades. I’m LOVING it! I’m so thankful to have a job I can immediately apply this new knowledge too as well. We met Friday to learn a lot of stuff, then this week we are “teacher helpers” at a coding camp for kids. It has been interesting learning with and from the kids, several who have coding experience already.
The WeDos are similar to the NXT and EV3 programs that Lex has and loves. It has been interesting and challenging learning this “simplified” program because Lego made it more cartoony, but less usable. These kids (and teachers!) are struggling with the lack of functionality, inconsistent outcomes, and vague icons. As someone who has studied usability in the past, I can honestly say there is no excuse for this, especially from Lego! That said, I will continue learning it and developing ways I can introduce it in my library without having 250 confused kids!
Big thanks to Alan and my parents who team up to take care of the homestead while I’m away for five days!