Coding becomes the new typing class
QUINCY, Illinois —
Jake Moore has always wanted to be a video game designer.
"It's been a passion of mine since as far as I could remember really," said Moore.
Moore says he was discouraged in middle school because of the lack of computer classes available to students.
Until this year when a new coding class was piloted at the Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center at Quincy High School.
"A big part of designing a game is the coding and programming behind it. So I might as well get into it and see what I can learn and see what I can do," Moore explained.
Moore is a junior now and will be applying to colleges soon.
"If you look at the job outlook, if you look at the different careers and the science and the technology and the engineering jobs, computers are a big part of that. Talking about different computer programming languages," said Andy Nelson, Moore's Computer Science teacher.
"And it really helped me get to know what I was doing," said Moore.
Coding is now becoming a large part of the standard computer class.
While the traditional typing class is slowly being phased out.
Moore says he was required to take a typing class in eighth grade.
"It makes sense but it wasn't very interesting and I didn't feel like I was really learning anything. I felt like I was sitting at a computer for forty minutes of my day just pressing keys on a keyboard," recalled Moore.
While Moore believes that typing should not be phased out completely, he hopes to see it as an integrated lesson in the future. One that only lasts a class period.
"We get into that discussion of what the future may look like," Nelson explained.
"It's fun! It's way better than sitting in English reading a book. The more you do, the more you learn and the more interesting it becomes," exclaimed Moore.