I have already tried visual programming, Option 1
I have been working with a small multi-stage class 3-6 using Scratch to teach basic coding concepts. At the start of this year our classroom computers were down and we had some new year 3 students join us who had not used Scratch before. We had one computer between us which was connected to a Smartboard. The class was asked to construct a collaborative fairy story using Scratch. One after the other students contributed an idea to add to the story, and the class as a group discussed scripting options. The more experienced students guided the new students and the lesson provided a great opportunity for students to explain their thinking behind their coding ideas and for the teacher to model regular testing and debugging as well as checking that code was efficient. Students happily discussed coding options and helped debug any scripts which didn't run as expected.
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