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Episode # 10 - Coding with Littles

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Episode # 10 - Coding with Littles
by Jonathon Lee - Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 7:55 PM

Episode #10 - Coding with Littles

Show Notes



Within this episode of the METC Podcast, I have a conversation with Samantha Nieman.  Samantha has been working in some early childhood classrooms at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, Missouri.  Samantha talks about her experience of coding with early childhood students.  She talks about how excited they get when they complete coding activities.  Samantha brought her students to the METC Student Innovation SHOWcase this past February and was a HUGE hit!  The METC conference attendees loved watching these students complete different activities all centered around coding.  Samantha and I talk about how easy it can be to teach students this basic skill.  She explains ways to connect it to early childhood curriculum.

Samantha shares all kinds of ideas throughout this episode.  We have copied them below in case you want to learn more about them.  We have also linked the article Samantha referenced within the episode.  Be sure to check it out.  Also be sure to connect with Samantha on Twitter as she is moving to West Bend, WI soon!  


This Episode's Guest: Samantha Nieman - Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, MO - Early Childhood


Article on teaching coding to young children in the School Library Journal

  • What kind of activities?

    • Coding Christmas ornaments using Binary Code

    • Coding their name using Legos using Binary Code

    • Identifying sight words

    • Identifying the alphabet and numbers on a dice.

    • Storytelling

    • Code a Maze

    • Coding Game with Superheros

    • Movement Coding

    • Design a Model

    • Work with tangible objects

    • Bee Bot

    • Codeapillar

      • The parts of the code connect together and create the story for the Codeapillar.  Great on floor activity!  

Article for parents and educators on benefits on introducing coding to students at a young at in the Wall Street Journal


METC Professional Development Opportunity mentioned:

Creating Coders Camp - July 26 & 27