In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, today’s eighth graders need to learn how to create digital environments, not just use them. Coding introduces kids to the process of computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand. After all, in the 21st century the ability to code will be as critical to their success as reading and arithmetic were their parents. No matter what field they choose, computers will be part of their work and daily life, and they will find themselves more capable and independent if they understand how computers work.
With our 1:1 iPad program, eighth graders have daily practice asking and answering questions like:
What does it mean to be a digital citizen?
What are my rights and responsibilities?
How should I act and behave online?
How can I enjoy the benefits of the Internet while remaining safe and secure?
How can the iPad help me with organization, research, collaboration, and curation?
How can design thinking and programming empower me to solve challenging problems?Inquire