Integrating Coding into the Language Arts Classroom Through Digital Storytelling: A Review of the Literature
Abstract: Although coding is an essential 21st century skill, there is a lack of opportunities for students to learn this skill outside of a coding class. While many educational researchers have promoted the cross-curricular integration of coding, language arts educators without a computer science background might be at a loss on how to start introducing coding into the classroom. This paper aims to offer a solution to these problems through digital storytelling, which is an effective way for educators to incorporate coding across the curriculum by connecting coding to concepts students are already learning and engaging students in interactive coding projects. This claim will be supported by an in-depth examination of research studies on how coding and digital storytelling are being introduced into classrooms today, what methods have worked thus far, and what can be improved in the future. The findings of this paper will give educators the opportunity to learn key teaching strategies as well as introduce them to the digital storytelling tool Scratch and how it can effectively assist educators with the interdisciplinary implementation of coding.