Coding in the classroom has been the big discussion over the past three years at just about every big edtech conference. Just this week coding in K-12 classrooms took center stage in London at BETT and in Orlando at FETC. There are so many benefits to teaching coding to kids including:
- Preparing them for STEM/STEAM careers
- Teaching cognitive and critical thinking
- Developing problem solving skills
- Creating an interactive way to teach subject matter in other areas
and many more. But with coding in schools such new subject matter, many of today’s teacher’s aren’t properly equipped to teach it. They feel like they need a crash course in coding before they can start teaching it to their students.
With Tynker, that’s not the case. Tynker has developed a wide variety of interactive activities designed to teach kids to code and at the exact same time teachers can learn as well, or co-learn with their students. Such is the case with the two teachers our 10 year old edtech reporter Tatum F, spoke with at FETC as you can see in the video above.
Tynker is an online platform with rich partnerships designed to help kids with valuable coding skills. They bill themselves as “Everything your child needs to learn computer programming the fun way! Ages 7+”. Tynker goes out of their way to make sure that all of the activities within their platform are fun, and relevant.
“It’s important that kids have fun while they are learning” Tynker co-founder and CEO Krishna Vedati told nibletz.com in an interview. In fact he reiterated the “fun” part, several times in our conversation. It matters because it was his own kids, aged 9 and 7 at the time, that drove Vedati and his co-founders to create Tynker. “We want kids to become makers, using their imaginations” Vedati said.
Vedati and his team want to make sure that all kids with even the slightest interest in coding can find something else on the Tynker site that peaks their interest. They also wanted to make sure that Tynker’s offerings touched every bit of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). The STEM parts are a natural fit. The A can be a bit tricky but just as important. All the while creating good coding teachers as well.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a science teacher or a computer science teacher, Tynker is great across all subject matter for both students and teachers. The teachers Tatum spoke with at FETC taught geography and language arts.
Check out the great video above, it’s a riot, and for more info visit tynker.com or visit Tynker at TCEA in Austin, February 5-9th booth #2772