“Real” Coding in the Classroom
CodeMonkey is an award-winning online game that teaches text-based programming in a real world programming language called CoffeeScript. To date, over 3 million users have played and learned to code through CodeMonkey. Accompanied by full lesson plans and a teacher dashboard, it was designed for giving coding classes in middle and elementary schools by any teacher – no training or prior computer science knowledge required!
In this workshop Yishai Pinchover, co founder and VP of CodeMonkey Studios, will present how CodeMonkey’s free version can be used in classrooms to give an introduction to text-based coding, and how its full curriculum can guide students from the first steps in coding into creating their own original HTML5 games. All this through an intuitive, collaborative and highly engaging game experience.
- The difference between “text based” and “block based” coding
- What is Syntax and why is it important
- With platforms such as CodeMonkey, text-based coding isn’t necessarily harder
- How text based coding can engage certain learners where block based failed/stopped
- How teaching to code through a full blown game experience can help teachers in classrooms
- Coding as a collaborative exploration process
It is a common belief that before diving into “real”, text-based coding students should first master a block based introductory tool such as Scratch. While we agree that the invention of block based coding was nothing short of revolution in the history of computer science education, we believe teaching text based coding in a real world programming language has important and unique values. And with CodeMonkey it’s actually extremely fun and easy!
This talk will also guide through the practical aspects of using CodeMonkey in a classroom:
- How to start right away with zero setup
- How to set up a free teacher account
- How to set up free student accounts
- How to use the teacher dashboard and CodeMonkey lesson plans
Yishai is coufounder and VP of Business Development at CodeMonkey, where he is responsible for getting an amazing product to transform the lives of over 3 million children. Yishai is an alumnus of the prestigious Technion Program for Excellence which he finished at the outstandingly young age of 19. Since then, Yishai has 1.5 decades initiating, managing and delivering multiple in-house startups within organizations of various sectors such as LSI Corp. (NASDAQ:LSI) and London-based Markit Group (NASDAQ:MRKT). He has served voluntarily in educational ventures, both in hands on roles and board seat, and returned as teaching staff to his alma mater – Technion.