It was Steve Jobs who said, “Everybody should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”
While this might not have been the exact impetus behind the worldwide Hour of Code, which is being celebrated this week in more than 180 countries, it does highlight why we have become active participants in this effort to encourage all students to learn how to code. Starting in kindergarten, GCDS students begin learning the basics of programming. They discover that—without realizing it—they've been using computational thinking in many of their subjects and that coding is fun! Throughout the Lower and Middle Schools, students continue to practice coding in a broad range of projects, such as working in Scratch, programming robots, and building their own computer. By the Upper School, our students are developing apps and making their own video games.
This kind of learning highlights the 21st century skills we have been emphasizing across all three divisions. Working in groups, overcoming setbacks, managing time, and thinking creatively are all prerequisites for anyone learning to write code. Enjoy this video of our students fully engaged in “an hour of code” and so much more!
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School