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An age-appropriate approach to computer coding for five-year-olds

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What does computer programming look like for a Gordon five-year-old?

Class happens on the floor.

There is no screen, no mouse and no keyboard.

Given a grid and a simple robot, the students catch on quickly.

Setting a task and breaking it down into steps: that's computer programming.

So is testing and debugging.

Then there's the hacker who wants to make a circle out of straight lines.

Ten minutes into the class, they're already connecting, collaborating and comparing notes.

They are persistent, focused and joyful.

They're learning skills they can use the rest of the year, and the rest of their lives.


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