Coding in Renton School District

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    What is Coding?

    Coding is essentially the same thing as programming: It means writing the language that makes up computer software, mobile apps, web pages and even all the behind-the-scenes magic that makes apps like Facebook work.

    Why Teach Coding?

    Teaching Computer Science and coding can inspire, build confidence, and create opportunities for students to use computational thinking skills for the 21st century. Skills learned through computer science and coding transfers into all academic areas.

    What is the Goal of Teaching Students to Code?

    The Goal is not to make all students become computer programmers but to teach Computational Thinking Skills which include:

    • Persistence
    • Cooperation
    • Collaboration
    • Problem Solving 
    • Logical Thinking
    • Creativity

    All students can benefit from these skills!

    Why Computer Science in Elementary School?

    Coding is a Language. Children begin to learn language at a very early age so what better time to start teaching coding!

    What are Other Benefits of Learning to Code?

    • If we introduce students to coding in elementary school, they are less intimidated as they get additional opportunities to code when they are older
    • Technology is all around students today and part of everything they do
    • Technology has grown so fast, 21st Century skills are needed NOW!
    • The focus of teaching technology has changed!
    • Now we want to teach our kids to not just be users, but give them the power to be creators

    What is the Hour of Code?

    The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. This way of thinking encourages logic, problem solving, and creativity. It's an excellent opportunity for our students to engage in challenging new learning. The Hour of Code officially took place during Computer Science Education Week, which was December 5-11, but Hour of Code can be accessed all school year. Hour of Code has been implemented in a variety of different ways in almost all of our schools.

    RSD Participation in Hour of Code:

    This year over 142 classrooms in the Renton School District and nearly 5,400 students have participated in Hour of Code to date. More students are expected to participate prior to the end of the school year. Last year only about 3,000 students participated. We have increased the number of students who have had the opportunity to participate in Hour of Code by over 80%. Overall, feedback from teachers about their participation in Hour of Code has been very positive. According to teachers, "Students loved it and the teachers thought it was wildly successful!" In addition, "People enjoyed the lessons the kids learned in perseverance. Younger students worked with an older buddy to help them get the hang of it. Many of the older kids noticed and commented on how well the younger ones caught on." Teachers were impressed with how engaged the kids were while working.

    Math and Science Standards Alignment

    Depending on the lesson, coding aligns to many CCSS in all academic areas as well as NGSS and Computer Science standards.

    CCSS Math: Mathematical Practices (aligns with the following standards)

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

    6. Attend to precision

    7. Look for an make use of structure

    9. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

    Coding, more specifically, Computer Science Fundamentals courses also align to the standards (by lesson):

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    Where Can I Learn More About Coding?

    Please visits these links for more information about Coding:


    Video: Why Our Kids Must Learn to Code

    Article: Coding Is Coming to Every Industry You Can Think Of