Not used - FAQs

Do I need to be able to code? 

No. Not at all! We would encourage parents and teachers to learn alongside their children so that you can help each other out. 

Why coding through story telling?

For thousands of years society has used stories as a highly effective way of passing knowledge between the generations. Psychologists have identified bedtime stories as an essential part of children's development. Children love bedtime stories and often use them as a carrot to get them to brush their teeth and get them into bed, making it an ideal time to learn something new before going to sleep.  Research also suggests that the cognitive processing of childrens subconscious mind whilst they're asleep is more powerful than thier conscious mind whilst they're awake, meaning that, sleep can help children to consolidate what they've learnt that day and to also generalise it for future use, enabling them to apply the new knowledge and skills in the future in different situations. 

How will my child develop their coding skills through a story? 

There are similarities between learning to (and to teach) code and learning any language. When children learn a second language we can teach them by scaffolding the new learning around a child's native language. We have developed a similar approach by incorporate coding constructs into our stories help them to understand both the new vocabulary and its conceptual meaning, in doing so helping them to better understand the world they live in. 

How will this help my child with coding?

The coding constructs (instructions) and essential coding skills are gradually introduced to children through the narrative of each story in the series. As children progress through the series of stories about Koda and his friends, children will cover the basic coding constructs (instructions) and essential coding skills they will need to master to become independent and resilient coders. All coding constructs (instructions) are identified on each story using squiggly {} brackets, reminder of new constructs are

Why are there activities on the pages opposite the narrative?

We believe that children are stimulated and inspired to learn when active in the learning process rather than passive receivers of information, that is, they learn best when they decide that they want to learn, and most importantly, having fun whilst learning. Combine this with research from Computer Science education suggests that children need to be able to read, trace and explain code with a greater than 50% accuracy at basic coding skills before they can begin modifying and writing their own code with accuracy and purpose. Therefore, after reading the storybook, children are encouraged to reinforce their understanding and develop these essential programming skills by playing the games in the book and on the website themed story around the story. 

 

What coding languages do the story books support?

There are lots of different coding languages. Some coding languages are easier to learn than others. Koda's blocks of code in the books and interactive games are based on a highly popular and free educational coding language called 'Scratch'. Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT.  Like Lego building blocks, the Scratch coding blocks will only snap together in certain ways, making it quick and easy to use. 

What age group are your stories for?

The square books in the series are aimed at children aged 5 and 6 years old. The oblong books in the series are aimed at children aged 7 to 9 years of age.  Each story is based on age appropriate themes that reader will already familiar with, making learning is made easy and relevant to children. To ensure that the coding constructs (instructions) and skills are appropriate for the age group, they have been mapped to various internationally recognised curriculum standards. 

What order should we read the books?

Unlike the structure of books or a series of books, learning a new language or skills is not linear. Each story looks to develop an understanding of particular coding constructs (instructions), these have been mapped to a concepts map with lines showing paths between the concepts. The coding concept map looks like a overly simplified London Underground tube map. This approach to series enables you and your child to select your own exciting journey through the series of books i.e. before selecting a book you can easily identify what books must have been read previously, and what the options are for the next book to read! 

Where are you based?

Coding With Koda is based in West London. Why not write to us or send us examples of the coding projects you are doing - we always love to hear from members Koda's pack!

Email Koda on mail@markdorling.net or our mailing address is: Central House, 124 High Street Hampton Hill, Middlesex, TW12 1NS, United Kingdom

 

 

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