I'm just going to say it.... I did not enjoy coding. I first tried to make my own, struggled for an hour and then gave up. I decided maybe playing a game would be easier which it was, but still caused some struggles. I decided to play The Grinch: Saving Christmas with Code from Hour of Code because I LOVE the Grinch. I eventually got the hang of it, but I did not enjoy doing it as I found no interest in doing it.
However, I did learn a newfound appreciation for those that do code and create games as it is not an easy task. I wish I would have liked it more, but as we all know, everyone has different interests and passions. Honestly, I don't think I will ever use this in the classroom as I did not find it beneficial. I can understand how for younger kids, it might help with their cognitive abilities, but in a High School English classroom, I don't see its value. With that said, I've only had a few hours of coding experience, so if you have any advice or ideas as to where this would fit, I am more than happy to hear you out!
I would not go as far to say it is not important as I believe that all students learn a different way and this might be the way some learn best which is great. But will I promote this or assign this in my own class? Most likely, no. I started to feel more comfortable with it once I practised for a few lessons, but I found it tedious and grew tired throughout the experience.
Overall, I am glad that I tried it and I am proud that I was able to figure it out after a few tries. I'm impressed by those that do this regularly as it is not an easy skill to master. Although, coding was not for me, I do see some benefit for other students!
Here is my screencast video if you want to take a look at how I did: