This week we were tasked to explore some online coding software. I decided to check out Mario’s Secret Adventure: Build Your Own 3D Mario Game on Hour of Code. I found the program really easy to follow along with. One feature I appreciated was the small excerpt at the top explaining the objective of each level.
Although my coding experience was successful, my technology experience this week was far from ideal. While working on different codes, my browser would randomly refresh. I found that I could get around this issue by going back into ‘my courses’ and then back into the program after creating an account. Then I had the issue of my screencast program not wanting to process my video after I had recorded it. It took me much longer than I had anticipated to be able to export the screen recording to my camera roll. From there technology decided to cooperate with me a bit better than it had been. I uploaded the screencast to iMovie to shorten the 45 minute video down to 5 minutes before posting it on Youtube.
Overall, I feel that coding can be beneficial for students to work on their problem-solving skills while being able to express their creative side. Furthermore, students can also learn about educational topics via what appears to be the format of a game. This can foster engagement with students as it may feel more like fun than actual work.