Welcome to Coding Corner-this is a regular column about computing and coding in the classroom. Written by Dan Aldred (@Dan_Aldred) who is well worth a follow on Twitter. Dan’s article is about his students views on programming.

This week I have asked some of my Student’s to comment on how they had found coding and programming lessons. I think that their views are critical in assessing how we develop and deliver coding courses. Then better lessons can then be taught.

The comments below are from an able student who studied GCSE IT.

So far I have found the coding to be easy to use and understandable.

I already have a basic idea of how to write in Flash which happened to make visual basic easier to understand.

As for the language itself, the code is very logical and is well structured.

The very minor add of colour in the coding is useful for verification as well.

But the code does seem quite limited in its possibilities and I don’t think that PowerPoint is the best application to complete the course with.

The code seems very restrictive.

The whole thing feels quite basic which I guess is a pun in itself.”

His previous positive experiences with Flash have built his confidence to develop his skills. It is also clear that he is ready for more advanced coding skills and to develop more impressive programs. The structure of the code is also an important element when choosing a programming language. Too often students are stumped because they miss a full stop or other syntax. My preferred language Python does away with many of these requirements, add a full stop, don’t add one, it will interrupt the instruction the same. Although == for equals is always a common favourite mistake.

However one student who programs in thinks python is a dirty language because of the lack of syntax!Can’t please them all.

I hope to share other students views and experiences in future posts.


Dan Aldred is a teacher of Computing and Head of IT. He is also a member of the school extended leadership team and teacher learning group.  He’s interested in how technology and software move learning forward.

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