Jil launches “Intro to Coding”

for Knowledge Network® South Africa

The Intro to Coding launch included educators, Principals and HODs:

Andrew Mason, Debi Sterley, Halima Beale, Renee van der Riet, Deidre Hullet, Louise Erasmus, Charlotte Nortje, Lorryn Töllner, Ilma Lucht, Beverley Taljaard, Robey Phinn, Abraham Xaba, Gerda Le Roux, Monette Igrec, Carren Ilsley, Wilfred Jacobs, Meisie Harmse, Ilsa van der Merwe, Danny van der Berg, Francis Helwick, Willie Willemse, René Thyssen, Shereen de Oliveira, Katelyn de Oliveira, Augusta E. Cox, Ashley Grant, Hannes Strydom, Martin Jooste, Lorette Louw, Lutendo Kgori, Nirmala Lakha, Kashmeera Sivrathan, Nick Birkett, Debbie Schamrel, Linda Finlayson, Maria Luchies, Valentine Momberume, Pule Sefanyetso, Darren Smit, Lizette Baker, Anli van der Westhuizen, Zanele Zwane, Jenny Copeling, Tienie Roos, Christelle Swart, Michelle Salmon, Ruby van Heerden, Andrea Reynolds, Elinor Laing, Susan Grannum, Jacqui Coetzee, Sharon Walker, Sydney Mbuyane, Linda Nyoka, Johanne Botha, Ammaarah Jallil, Toni Wannenburg, Grant Gibson, Cathy Beukman, Denita Langford, Gertjie Scholtz, Nicholas Richards, Florence van Heerden, Kathryn Seaborne, Estlé Cronje, Bronwen Jonson, Billy Teeton, Farzaana Fredericks, Sean Cullen and from Knowledge Network® Ann, Gerry, Ashley, Shenaaz and Nanzile

Intro to Coding launch included schools:

De La Salle Holy Cross College, Bishop Bavin School, La Salle College, Craighall Primary School, Edenglen Primary School, Woodlands International College, K2 Homeschooling, Laerskool Worcester-Oos, Helderberg High School, Helderberg Primary School, Woodridge Preparatory School, Elsen Academy, Grey Junior School, Moregrove Primary School, Summerwood Primary School, St Marks Community School, St Dominic’s Priory School, Parsons Hill Primary School, St Joseph’s RC School, Bedford Country School, Tulip Combined School, Deutsche Schule – Durban, Ashton International College – Ballito, Home Schooling, Delta Park School, St Katharine’s School, Binary School, Frances Vorwerg School, School of Merit, Kingsway Christian School, Canterbury Preparatory School, Glenoaks School, Alma Mater International School, The King’s School West Rand, Pretoria Chinese School斐京華僑公學, Vuleka School – Jellicoe, Vuleka School St Mark’s, Home Learning Special Needs Learners, Woodlands International College – Pre-Primary, Athlone Park Primary School, Summerhill Preparatory School, Cedarwood School, Unity College

Thank you to host venues – Grey Junior School, Deutsche Schule – Durban, Athlone Park Primary School, St Peter’s Mbombela, Helderberg High School, Knowledge Network® Rivonia Admin Office and Ann Clark, Knowledge Network’s Director of Operations

What is coding? Can I do it? Can I teach it? Where do I start?

Is coding only for those learners doing IT? Can coding be done by schools with limited resources? Can I use the computers I have in my computer lab for coding? Can my young learners do coding? Is there something for learners who ‘get hooked on coding’? How can I take my ‘hooked on coding’ learners further? What do I need to buy? 

These are the questions being asked by educators from some schools that want to introduce coding into the 2018 academic year for all ages of learners.

Answers to these questions were provided during Knowledge Network’s Intro to Coding launched by Jil Hrdlickza in Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Sandton during April to July of 2018.

Some of the comments from educators who attended:

I absolutely LOVED it.”

It was really fabulous. Feeling very inspired and motivated.

It was SOOO much fun!!!. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Windows version of ScratchJr.

I loved it. Just sent out an email to my HOD to say I really need to be doing this with the kids.

The Intro to Coding, one applicable to Grade 04 to Grade 11 learners and one for Pre-Primary School learners equipped educators firstly with the “know-how”, confidence and skills to understand and do coding themselves, and secondly how to present coding to the learners in an easy, relevant and fun way using existing time slots.

Coding is doable for all educators and all learners, implementation is given and easy – coding tools are free, easy to download and install, sessions are project-based, paperless, creative, inspiring and huge fun, (awesome fun!).

Grd 04 to Grd 12 – Scratch 2 – Surprised Dino on the Trampoline

Grd 04 to Grd 12 – Scratch 2 – Flying Parrot in the Forest

For many schools, Knowledge Network’s project-based, Progressive Learning Programme, using the learning methodology ILAMM is their answer to integration of technology by their learners for the different learning areas while at the same time developing critical thinking, communication, creativity, reading, research, interpretation, progression and collaboration skills using whichever technology tools the school has available.

If so many different tools are being used to complete projects then why not include coding tools as part of the mix – after all the devices and apps are tools to complete projects – so why not, for example, use coding as a vehicle to complete some of the school projects required in a year,” says Jil Hrdlickza.

The Intro to Coding course provided the starting point for the implementation of coding clubs and progressive coding / programming / block-coding with Knowledge Network for the years ahead.

Educators were able to return to school after the course and present their first coding session of choice with minimal prep time and most importantly, smiles and “awesome” from their learners.

Pre-school to Grade 03 ScratchJr – Good Morning at the River - Frog, Little Purple Snake and Green Duck
Intro to coding, programming and block-coding included KN Projects:

Grd 04 to Grd 12

HTML – Hello World, Fun signboard (KN S 42)J
HTML – Luge Sport Facts (KN S 08)
HTML – Beluga Whale Group Research Project (KN S 22)
Small Basic – Awesome turtle (angles 45, 90, 120, 150, 185)
                        For code: smallbasic.com/program/?MWZ966
Small Basic – Dayslived in a Year on Earth, Mars
Scratch 2 – Moving Cat
Scratch 2 – Flying Parrot in the Forest
Scratch 2 – Surprised Dino on the Trampoline
(Intro to Swift – not covered during all Intro to Coding Sessions)

Pre-school to Grade 03

ScratchJr – Good Morning at the River – Frog, Little Purple Snake and Green Duck
ScratchJr – KN S 08 for Grades R to Grade 03

HTML – Luge Sport Facts (KN S 08)
  • From Ashley Grant – Grade 04 to Grade 07 Knowledge Network Grade 08 Natural Science Teacher School of Merit, Edenvale, South Africa

    I recently attended Jil’s launch of Intro to Coding for Knowledge Network – really awesome!!

    I was so confused about coding; I wasn’t sure what it was. Everyone was constantly talking about coding and I had this huge pressure to do coding but what do you do and can I do it?

    In fact I was avoiding it because I didn’t know what to do.

    Jil’s Intro to Coding, which she launched countrywide, for all the teachers who present Knowledge Network, was worth every minute. It explained the different types of coding, programming and block-based coding to me. It gave me the confidence to become a beginner coder/programmer, it also gave me the tools and confidence to be able to present it to my class which I did last Tuesday -with great success. You can read more about it later in my feedback to you.

    My two principals from School of Merit, one from the primary school and the other from the high school also attended the Intro to Coding. They had thought it was a wonderful opportunity to find out more about what is going on in the market place with regards to coding and programming, and how we can incorporate coding in our school day.

    During the course with principals and other teachers we had such a fun time and many moments of laughter. I got involved in the play acting where I had to make the sound effects of a flying parrot and the bouncing sounds of a rather surprised looking dinosaur on a trampoline. My costume was a hat and purple scarf to help explain the animation part of the coding.

    I left the six hour course with skills, knowledge, confidence and materials to work with my learners, primary and high. My next step was to launch the coding in my school.

    At the end of my first lesson, much to my surprise I saw my two principalsstanding in my classroom clapping and congratulating me on the completion of my first Knowledge Network coding lesson with my Grade 6 class. All of them handled the coding like superstars. What an awesome response, I was so proud.

    To all the other teachers out there S 42 “You are being watched” which has been in our files all these years is a success.My thinking – maybe we just didn’t have the courage or time to do it until 2018.

    My next challengeis the Grade 7 class, who are about to go into high school and are so busy being super cool they sometimes forget the fun in learning. Now on their minds is gaming coding which we won’t get to for a while…. In the meantime they will be gaining the skills for programming gaming apps later.

    Ashley Grant, School of Merit
    Knowledge Network Mentor Grade 04 – Grade 12
    For iPads and Windows computers
    Grade 08 Natural Science Teacher

  • From Kashmeera Sivrathan and Nirmala Lakha, Shree Bharat Sharda Mandir Independent School, Lenasia, South Africa

    “HTML sessions were enjoyed by the learners. The learners grasped the knowledge and realised that when they typed the code they were able to generate a web page. The learners were amazed at the end result. The learners managed the assessments and achieved excellent results.”

  • From Jenny Copeling, Principal, Woodlands International College Pre-primary, Benoni, South Africa

    With much trepidation and anticipation, myself and 7 of my pre-school teachers boarded the bus one cool winters morning bound for the Knowledge Network offices in Sandton.

    On an earlier upskilling course held at Woodlands Pre-Primary, Jil had informed us that“coding” was the way to go and the only way to ensure success with coding was to introduce it in the pre-school. Our College IT specialist also highlighted the value of coding to us and the important role it will play in the future.

    Not only had we never heard of “Coding” but the thought of presenting it to our young learners was a daunting task indeed.

    Nevertheless, we arrived at the offices of Knowledge Network to be greeted by Jil with hot coffee, fresh muffins and rusks. A treat we can always count on.

    After some time spent downloading the necessary app “Scratch” for ipads and “Scratch 2” for laptops we were ready to start.

    Jil very patiently, as always, explained, demonstrated and re-explained each and every step allowing us to get actively involved before encouraging us to attempt the tasks on our own.

    All the teachers tackled the tasks with eagerness and enthusiasm. First completing the tasks Jil gave us and then attempting to “create” their own coding activities. The course was informative, exciting and enticing. What we found encouraging is that the preschool learner is introduced to coding by physically acting out the different coding steps. They can also be involved in the recording of the voice prompts as well as contributing to the movements and being involved in the problem solving aspects of the task. Coding will become part of the existing Knowledge Network programme and serve as a conclusion to each lesson. The theme of the lesson will follow through into the coding section.

    Not only did Jil include the coding for our pre-school learners but she also showed us how to do the coding on a more adult level. Thank you Jil for always reminding us of our individuality.

    All my teachers reported going home to “play” and “practise”.

    As we only use laptops at our pre-school an immediate order was placed for our very own iPad.

    We wait in anticipation for College to start after mid-term break in order for all the teachers to introduce their learners to “coding” to conclude the Knowledge network lesson.

    Thank you Jil, we look forward to our next coding course.
    Jenny Copeling
    Woodlands Pre-primary Principal