Codeweek Learning Bits

Coding for all subjects

By M. Isabel Blanco, M. Concepción Fernández, Elisabetta Nanni, Debora Carmela Niutta, Stefania Altieri

When you think of coding in the classroom, the first image that comes to mind is of computers, Technology, Mathematics or Science. However, given that students have a number of interests and subjects, why not use this in our favor and implement coding across the entire curriculum?

Integrating coding in the classroom has many benefits, as it helps them develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become active users and lead their own learning process, which is essential in schools. However, the most important thing is that your students will be learning while having fun!

Languages, Music or STEM are only some subjects that teachers can code in for future scientists, musicians, artists, anybody really! All teacher can integrate coding and computational thinking in the classroom. Using a CLIL lesson to explain a daily life algorithm, creating a felt joystick to learn about science or using educational robots to boost motivation in Mathematics are some examples of activities you can do in your classroom.

Have a look at the video below to see how Music, Science or Languages teachers can easily integrate coding and computational thinking in the classroom, even though you have no previous experience.

Download the video script

Ready to share what you learnt with your students?

Choose one of the lesson plans below and organize an activity with your students.

Do not forget to add your activity to the Code Week Map!

You can easily organize a lesson in your classroom, an open day, or an event at your school. Just find a date and register your activity in the Code Week map. Each activity organizer will get a certificate of participation for their effort.

If you would like to connect with an international group of enthusiastic teachers, join the EU Code Week Facebook group for teachers! To take a step further and collaborate with other schools in your country or across borders – join the Code Week 4 All challenge.