Computational thinking is really about thinking. It’s about formulating ideas in a structured way, that, conveniently enough, can in the modern world be communicated to a computer, which can then do interesting things.
A while ago I was approached by one of the founders of Codemoji and asked to explore the merits of Codemoji for students. As educators I find we are less concerned with the available platform but will explore anything that can harness student skill sets, self confidence, social-emotional intelligence, etc. After thorough exploration I find this could be a viable option for some teachers looking for another tool to explore coding and develop computational thinking skills.
Check it out: https://codemoji.com/
What is it?
This browser based platform makes it easy to use for both teachers and students.
Each lesson starts with step-by-step, multimodal instructions: text and a computerized text-to-speech option, followed by drag-and-drop animated instructions showing Codemoji moving from the Emoji Box into the Text Editor (in HTML lessons only). Students can run and get instant feedback on their code and progress at their own speed. This can be a great option for teachers in Primary and Junior classrooms looking to introduce alternative coding languages into their practice.
Here is a video on how teachers and students can construct animations:
Students can also begin to build their own webpages:
How can Teachers use Codemoji?
Accessibility & Inclusivity
An additional benefit of the program is that it is more accessible for students and strives for inclusion. The platform also is more structured to support a variety of learning exceptionalities including: dyslexia, visual motor deficit, and executive functioning. The large icon/emoji structure makes it easy to navigate and more accessible for students looking to program.
Thank you Livio Bolzon for the resources and viable information.