Cracking the code

Mary Baker’s fifth-grade class at Hilton Head International Baccalaureate Elementary is a “flipped” classrooms where the bulk of instruction is done at home, via video, and applying those concepts and using collaborative problem-solving happens each day at school.  Some students in the class recently watched “homework” videos on computer programming, and in class they taught themselves to code computer programs. They call themselves FKAT, which stands for the Flipping Khan Academy Team (named after the world-famous Khan Academy online lessons). The students have created visual graphics and nicknames on a colorful home page, all completely from scratch and in just a matter of weeks.

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FKATs, from left to right, are:  (kneeling) Blake Schmitz, Moses Grant, Ethan Tucker; (seated) Tate Miller, Nicholas Flood, Isaiah Shatz, Gabby Yocum; (standing) Steffin Gadson, Grace Tayor, Lupita Gomez.

 

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FKAT coding homepage