I was a coder and I didn’t even know’d-er?

This week I tried my hand at coding and was surprised at how familiar the process was!

To be honest, when I heard that we were coding this week I assumed that we would be coding websites using html or something similar. Once I realized that this was not the case, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that this other type of coding is something that I actually had experience with!

After trying out a few rounds of EspressoCoding I was reminded of one of my favourite Nintendo DS games, WarioWare DIY. This is a game where you essentially design your own simple mini games, then upload your game for others to play, as well as download other player’s games. It had you draw the backgrounds and moveable pieces, and then code those things to create an objective for your game as well as a way to win your mini game. This game had me coding video games without me even realizing it! Nintendo DS games are still compatible with newer DS systems, so this would be a great recommendation for students who are interested in coding or creating video games.

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Anyway, after realizing that I definitely had a lot of fun playing around on EspressoCoding’s website! Though some of the tasks were a little simplistic (as they should be considering they’re aimed at people younger than me) there was still lots of cool things you could play around with to make it your own. I had particular fun making it so that clicking one object would make another move, as well as pretending my cranes were crashing into each other.

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Yikes, don’t tell the foreman that I was playing chicken with his valuable equipment!

I loved the easiness with which this website explained coding, as well as the opportunity for students to play around with the software to see what they can do. I would love to bring coding into my classroom in the future, and maybe evolve it to hands on projects as well. I did a lot of workshops with Lego Mindstorm kits when I worked at the Science Centre last summer and would absolutely love to be able to build something like that with my students in the future!

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12 comments

  1. Hey Laura,
    I also shared your unease with the term coding! However, I’m glad also found Espresso Coding easy to use and fun. Do you think this program would be too easy for students who have prior experience with coding- whether it be in a video game (like you) or more formally? Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think it might be a little bit easy for students who have experience with coding. However, the website seems to be set up as an introduction which would be perfect for the majority of students who have no experience. However, the beauty of the wide variety of resources out there means that students working at a higher level could easily work with a program that’s targeted towards students who have more experience while the beginner students work with a more basic program like this.

  2. I was also nervous when I first heard of coding and realized that we would be doing it for our tech task! It is something that I have never had any experience with and was extremely nervous about. I did a different tech task and was pleased with the ease of it once I got going!

  3. Great write up Laura! Love the cranes haha! I used a coding site where I built a video game for I phone which I thought was really neat. I found it difficult myself though, I don’t have a lot of patients when it comes to things like coding. I am still struggling with how I would incorporate this in the classroom, but your write up has helped me out to put some context around how it can be done! Thanks for sharing!

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