Last Thursday grade 5 welcomed the developers of the hugely popular Toca Boca series of apps. Working together for the whole afternoon, we covered various topics and broadened our knowledge of what it is like to work in the industry. As a grade level we have been focusing on coding during IT lessons this school year. So, the chance to meet app developers was a fantastic opportunity for the students. What’s more, it was great to see how star struck the students were of people who have jobs that are only going to become more common and more needed. We began the afternoon by offering feedback about the “Toca Town” app, since the app is designed for younger students but is also played often by older students, too. Our feedback was therefore important as it gave the developers greater awareness of the reasons why. It also allowed the students to think critically and offer creative feedback.
Grade 5’s big focus in IT this year has been learning to code. We have used various apps and web based applications such as Scratch and it is clear our students are not only enjoying the experience, they are learning lots, too!
This week we have taken a break from coding in order to experiment with the Toca Boca series of apps ahead of our visit from the app developers tomorrow (December 4th). It is immediately interesting to note how engaged the students are in the creation process with the Toca Boca apps, despite the market user group being younger than the grade 5 students. We have discussed what the engaging features are and we hope to be able to share some feedback with the developers tomorrow. […]