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What’s a batch file? Ask first year students in the IT classroom and they can already tell you on just the fifth day of class. Students are learning how to create “batch files,” which are computer files containing a list of instructions to be carried out. So, they are actually learning the foundations of coding.

Batch files are a computer’s way of getting things done. They can automate everyday tasks, shorten the required time to do something, and translate a complex process into something anyone can operate. Our students are learning how to create these type of commands so they can create more complex programs down the road. Pretty cool, huh?

Our students think so.

Student Haiden Zinzow at his computer working on code and taking notes.

Haiden Zinzow from Schodack Central School District works both on creating the computer code and taking notes so he’ll remember the steps.

Student Katelynn Keeler at her computer leaning about files and coding.

Katelynn Keeler from Berlin Central Schools enjoys experimenting with creating computer instructions for the first time.

Student Justin Beaudoin at his computer writing code instructions.

Justin Beaudoin from Hoosic Valley Central School District is surprised at what a batch file can actually operate on a computer.

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