Beginner-Friendly Coding Platform for Creative Exploration
Pencil Code is a beginner-friendly coding platform that allows students to explore code and art. It offers flexibility for students to start with block-based coding and transition to text-based coding. However, it lacks the structure and scaffolding found in competitor platforms, which may require additional effort from teachers. Debugging can be challenging, and the small user community limits opportunities for collaboration and learning from others.
How I Use It
Pencil Code can serve as an introduction to coding concepts like functions, loops, conditionals, and arrays. I would first familiarize myself with the platform and resources, and then guide my students through the basics. By creating lessons or assignments, I could challenge students to apply their knowledge and create projects using specific coding concepts. While there is no built-in assignment system, students can share their work via links or screenshots for assessment purposes.