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More Than Computer Coding: Learning Together
“It’s like a game, but there are pods, and you can make stories and music.”
That’s how 10-year-old Angel Cantu-Rincon described Code Jumper after using it for the first time.
“I like Code Jumper because it’s fun, and it was fun making stories and songs,” he explained.
Angel is in the fourth-grade class at The New York Institute for Special Education. He and his classmates got to preview Code Jumper. It’s an educational toy that takes block coding off the computer screen and puts on the table in front of students where they can touch and feel each piece of coding.
Angel, and his classmates, Milly Linares and Andy Guerra-Morales all have varying levels of visual impairments, but were able to work together to build their very first lines of code.
“If a pod isn’t working, I have to think about it and find out what to do,” said Andy. He quickly discovered the problem solving you can learn when using Code Jumper.
“Today was so fantastic,” said Milly. “I learned about Code Jumper. It’s like stories and songs that you can make by using pods.”
For the students, Code Jumper was a fun game we brought to their classroom, but for their teacher, Stefania Vukdedaj, it had an even greater importance.
“We’re constantly differentiating instruction for different students, and this would allow the students to be more united when doing something. The fact that they did it together and collaborated together on how to finish the stories and sounds: that’s great.”
Stefanie is a teacher of the visually impaired. She doesn’t specifically teach computer coding, but she sees so many other opportunities for the new technology.
“Math, science, story sequencing, literacy and comprehension. I’m sure there are more. I want to learn more about Code Jumper to find out.”
Teachers can incorporate Code Jumper into lessons they’re already learning in class, or they can easily follow the included curriculum that helps students learn coding. The educational tool is easy to use making it possible for any teacher to make it a part of their classroom.
If you’d like to learn more about Code Jumper, and how it allows for inclusive learning in the classroom, visit codejumper.com.
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