While Loco is traditionally used by associations and nonprofits, we believe there is more to be learned from Loco... and it starts in the classroom.
Why is Loco a valuable tool in the classroom?
As the world of Computer Science expands and a knowledge of how to code becomes more and more valuable, students around the world have become more keen on starting their STEM careers early.
With Loco, students canLoco's mission is to provide a tool to schools that is affordable, efficient, and applicable to the problems that students will face in the workforce. With these values in mind, Loco hopes to increase the amount of students that have a desire to apply their knowledge into everyday life, making their skills invaluable to the modern world.
Like Scratch and other commonly-used introductory programs, Loco utilizes Blockly to help the user further customize their apps. Our simple drag-and-drop mechanisms will allow students to approach the foundations of coding with confidence and maneuver through the basics of relational data properties and ideas.
Students can build anything from this:
Needing only an email to sign up, students can quickly get started with Loco!
Introduction to Computer Science
For students who are just being introduced to coding, Loco offers an non-intimidating first step into the world of app creation and data management.
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 two. Loco also allows students to be creative in their data and behaviors and create some pretty exciting examples of business and productivity apps.
Having the skillset to work with low-coding platforms like Loco will give students the ability to:
AP Computer Science
Although it may appear to be an unconventional tool, Loco fits perfectly into the AP Computer Science 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." By building apps and complex rules within Loco, students can practice the "Create" Performance Task outlined by the official AP curriculum in preparation for the exam. By simply scrolling through Loco's App Library, students will immediately begin to generate their own ideas of what applications they can build in order to solve a specific problem. Then, they can actually build the app themselves and see their idea come to fruition.
For students that are pursuing a more in-depth understanding of Computer Science, Loco can provide just that. While learning the fundamentals of coding through Scratch provides a fun visual for students to experiment with, Loco has the potential to create complex and useful data management tools that their friends, families, and future coworkers can use in their everyday life.
When used in conjunction, tools like Loco and Scratch will give students a more well-rounded understanding of the potentials that are unlocked once they have the basics down.
Presenting... Loco in the Classroom!
Join Doug Wilson as he demonstrates the value the Loco adds to the Computer Science classroom. Participants can attend either in-person or via our Live Webinar to hear directly from the co-inventor of Loco!
- Session 1: June 26th at 6:30pm CSTDetails:
- Session 2: July 2nd at 7:00pm CST
Location: 1880 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Sign up here!
We'll be bringing in pizza and soft drinks for in-person attendees, so make sure to provide any dietary restrictions you may have. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to provide virtual pizzas for our online attendees, but we still appreciate any and all participants!
For $75/semester (about $3 per student), your class will have unlimited access to Loco. In addition, all teachers will be provided with a mentor that is available during business hours to answer any and all questions.
Contact email@example.com with any questions you may have, or to schedule a private demonstration.