Franklin families learned how to do computer coding together, thanks to the Family Creative Learning Series, a partnership between WQED and PBS, which brings families together in the evening for some fun, hands-on learning opportunities.
Franklin families learned how to create presentations on iPads using the PBS Scratch Jr. coding program, but before they could do that, they had to learn what it meant to code.
They participated in some fun exercises, such as trying to teach someone how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What the students quickly learned was, it’s more than just saying "spread some peanut butter and jelly on two pieces of bread and eat." They learned that details are important, and if you leave out a step such as “take a knife out of the drawer,” you can’t make the sandwich.
The same goes for coding. Students learned they have to tell the computer specifically what they want it to do.
At the end of the four week session, the students were able to showcase the projects they created.
The Franklin teachers who shepherded the program saw that in many cases the students were the teachers, showing their parents how to use the technology. The families agreed that the program was a great opportunity to learn together and that it was OK to make mistakes, because the mistakes facilitated the learning.
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