Joliet West High School English teacher Anthony Romanelli recently spearheaded an innovative interdisciplinary project for students in his English 1 class.
The project allowed students to learn the basics of computer coding, while recreating a scene from any material read this year, including Sophocles “Oedipus Rex” play, Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, or any other short stories or nonfiction pieces read throughout the year.
During the project, students were introduced to the principles of programming using Tynker, an online learning platform. Fundamental concepts used by professional programmers are taught to students through fun and easy-to-understand activities. As students create programming projects, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, while learning to think creatively and work collaboratively.