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Reading, writing, arithmetic and now coding for youngest learners

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Teacher Brian Adams stood at a whiteboard and explained the basics of computer programming to 19 rapt students. "You're going to log onto your devices, get on your account, and you're going to go through each of the steps," he instructed. "I know it's your first time, so if you need me, just raise your hands." His tiny students popped up from the floor of their classroom at Conshohocken's Ridge Park Elementary School and sat at desks with tablets or computers, opened the program, then clicked on arrows to make a colorful fuzz ball move around the screen. They were first graders, barely done learning their ABCs, but their Montgomery County school was launching them into a new orbit of computer coding that it is hoped won't end until they land a high-tech job, or at least one that requires programming skills. more

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