Pre-Kindergarten Computational Thinking Activities

I just attended a Personal Development session which addressed the importance of students acquiring computational thinking and coding skills.  We discussed how 40% of the current jobs will become automated within the next 10 – 20 years.  Fortunately, the role of a teacher is at a low risk of being replaced by robots.  You can breath a sigh of relief in that regard. However, we do need to become accountable in preparing our students for the future.

Using Kodable

Kodable can be downloaded as an App placed on your iPads.  My school doesn’t have iPads but instead we have netbooks.   The video below is the best I have found in explaining how to use Kodable.

 

Practice With Movement First

Prior to moving to the computer, students practice following commands using the terms “right and left”. Commands would be given to the students to follow.  This would be great to do during Physical Education.

Command One:  Give students practice using their right and left hands and feet.

Command Two:  Give oral directions such as:

Take two steps right, two steps left,  two steps right, left, etc.

Computational Paper Game

Explain that later on they will be using a computer and they will have to make similar commands, which is called coding.

Transferring Commands to Paper

The paths in the links below can be displayed on a Whiteboard.  A discussion would take place on how to direct the girl to her house.  After  visual arrows would be used to show her the way.  These activities and paths are similar to ones they will find in “kodable”.

Transferring Commands to the iPad or Computer

The link above directly takes you the beginners game which begins with Smeeborg.  I placed this link on my Google classroom set on each student’s netbook.  This allows them quick access.

 

5 thoughts on “Pre-Kindergarten Computational Thinking Activities”

  1. This is not just to engage with Kodable skills, but to get a spatial coordinate concept as well. It entrains basic geographical skills as well.

  2. You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the feedback.

    Elaine

  3. Corina

    Than you for the wonderful information. Just in case you are interested there are following toys/games available to learn coding : “Robot turtle” a boardgame for 2 year-old ones and up. “Code & Go Robot Mouse”.

    also following website is fantastic as for a teacher as well as for your students.
    http://code.org/.

    Hope that was as useful to you as your information was to me.

    sincerely

  4. Thanks so much for more information. Will take a look at this too.

    Elaine

  5. Amanda

    Kodable is great to use with younger children. Another good one is the BeeBot app. Also, there is a fantastic story called ‘Hello Ruby’ and activities to follow on from the story at http://www.helloruby.com/. I use these resources with Year 1 children (5-6years old).

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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