The Benefits of Low-Code in the Classroom

Traditionally, Low-Code tools have been used by businesses as databases to manage projects, operations, and HR information among other things. Low-Code has been around for a while now and is known for being an out-of-the-box solution for everyday problems in the workforce. But what if this out-of-the-box solution could be taken one step further? 

Can Low-Code platforms be used in the Computer Science classroom? 

Oh, yeah- We're nowhere near the box now! 

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Whether it's an Intro or AP course, low-code tools have proven to be a highly approachable and effective way for students to get familiar with the principles of coding, all without using any code. 

Much like Scratch, a tool we all know and love, Low-Code platforms can simplify what it means to write code and make an object you see on a screen to complete an action in response to something you have commanded it to do! Whether it's clicking on a friendly orange cat in Scratch or creating a new block of information in a low-code app that triggers a behavior that you've set, the principles are the same! The only difference might be that one is more applicable to students' lives than the other. 

Using a platform that is more traditionally used in an office to teach the fundamentals of coding can help students see the real-life relevance of coding, especially when used in conjunction with tools like Scratch. Mixing flashy animations with a more substantial understanding of the pertinent nature of Low-Code can solidify the ideas of coding and inspire new uses for code in a student's life well beyond their years in the classroom.

Introduction to Computer Science

For students who are just being introduced to coding, Loco offers a non-intimidating first step into the world of app creation and data management. 
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In a classroom setting, Loco will allow students to get familiar with a low-code environment and see the results of their efforts after just a session or twoLoco also allows students to be creative in their data and behaviors and create some pretty exciting examples of business and productivity apps.

AP Computer Science

Platforms like Loco fit perfectly into the AP curriculum. Using Loco, AP students can fulfill the College Board's official requirement of "using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends." 

 


With Low-Code platforms like Loco, students can live out the AP Computational Thinking Practices, which include Connecting Computing, Creating Computational Artifacts, Analyzing Problems and Artifacts, Communicating, and Collaborating. 

 

Learn more about Loco in the AP Classroom Here

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We hope you were able to learn a little bit more about the value of Low-Code tools in the classroom! If you have any questions or would like a free trial and demonstration of Loco, you can e-mail our Customer Service Rep at ellie@loco.build. We can't wait to see what you create! 

 

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