Coding Engages Various Skill Levels
Did you know that SAA teaches our students to code beginning in Pre-k? Computer Technology Director, Alan Gielen, uses software such as Kodable, an online program targeted to primary through 5th graders, to introduce the concept, and then build on those methods to develop various skill levels. Alan began incorporating coding into the computer technology curriculum in 2012, when the software program became available.
“The developers, Jon Mattingly and Gretchen Huebner, continually update and improve their application,” says Mr. Gielen. This year, the software company introduced a feature that allows students with color-blindness to add patterns to the color blocks, giving them the ability to discern between color-square choices. The colored/patterned blocks are used to make directional-change decisions. “I applied this feature to one of our 2nd graders and he immediately was able to solve the mazes without difficulty. Earlier I had noticed [him] struggling, but didn't know he experienced issues with color. Once addressed, and with a little one-one attention, off he went... successfully solving the mazes!
7th & 8th Grade Programming Elective
“At the end of the semester, boys will have the opportunity to apply for college prep computer science credit through the University of San Diego by paying a fee and passing a final exam,” says program instructor, Linda Gielen. The Learn to Mod course typically costs $30 per student, but as a school, San Antonio Academy offers the course free to its students.