Students Game Their Way Through Traditional Lessons
Cedar Hill ISD invests in new technology called Code to the Future for elementary students to help students with college and careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer occupations are projected to yield more than 1 million job openings from 2014 to 2024.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade game players become game creators with Code to the Future, a computer science immersion program. Launched in September, the online program will be integrated into all core classes at Waterford Oaks Elementary later this semester.
Fourth-grade teacher Shawana Hunter says her students took to the program quickly. “Students are learning the basics, but are already completing projects.” Erica Molett says her 9-year-old son Tyler has used coding software since first grade, but the fourth-grader has even more enthusiasm. “His interest has been reinvigorated.”
Cedar Hill ISD Assistant Superintendent of Academics Jo Rucker, Ed.D., says the technology platform will be used in all classes and will transform traditional lessons. “Students will code the water cycle in Science class and bring poems and history lessons to life.” In addition to improved test scores, the district notes increased student engagement. “Gone are the days of elementary students sitting in rows listening to lectures. Code to the Future is one of the many tools we use to engage kids to help improve their learning.”
Waterford Oaks Elementary is piloting the program for the current school year. Additional elementary schools may be added in the future.