5th graders in Mr. Schmidt’s AIG class were recently
involved in a computer programming/coding unit. What made this course
unique is that the kids were working completely online. They were
enrolled in a course Mr. Schmidt created using the online learning
platform called CANVAS. CANVAS has been recently adopted by Buncombe
County Schools and allows teachers to put coursework and assignments
online for the kids to work on at their own pace. Now that 4th-6th graders
have a 1:1 device, completing work using a tool like CANVAS is much
makes more sense. The computer programming course had students learning
about the basic computer language called Java Script from the website,
Khan Academy. Included are some links to the students’ final projects.
They are called “What’s For Dinner?” because the kids had to write code
to make “food” on their plate!