Sam Patterson has Kindergarten students who can describe variables. The funny thing is, they don’t exactly know they’re doing it.
Patterson is a technology integrator for Kindergarten through 5th grade at a school in California. Thanks to the iPad app Kodable, which teaches pre-literate kids the basic concepts of programming, those Kindergarteners can explain back to him the idea that a symbol can mean one thing on one level, and something else on the next.
“Here you’ve got a kid who can’t yet read who is articulating the nature of variables better than some of the students when I was teaching 6th and 7th grade algebra,” he said. “The first time that happened I was just like ‘Wow.'”
Kodable is a programming game created by Louisville, Kentucky natives Grechen Huebner and Jon Mattingly.