What a week we have been having at Prairie Elementary participating in the Hour of Code! The students have been creating lines and lines of code! The level of engagement has gone through the roof and their excitement for coding is phenomenal! The first part of the week the website for the K-5 curriculum has been too sluggish to use this week. I started looking around for backup websites and found two that I absolutely love. My students have been using Bot Logic this week. The students are having a blast learning how to solve the various puzzles with fierce determination. I have seen the level of collaboration grow immensely this past week. It is awesome to witness.
Another website I found is a Google product called Made with Code. They have some neat projects available for students and adults. The two I played with are Holiday Lights and Snowflakes The Holiday Lights allows me to decorate a Christmas tree with lights – changing the patterns, lighting, flow of pattern with different variables etc. Snowflakes is where one can select their images, various animations and variables to create individual works of art. I thought of the kaleidoscope when I finished making mine.
Make With Code website
You can see my images below!
Are you ready to introduce your students to computer science and the power of coding?
Check out the video link here for more information about the Hour of Code!
Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.
The Hour of Code is coming!
I am preparing for the Hour of Code this December. Last year I spent one week testing the waters with select grades. This year I am including grades 2-4! This will include over 500 students! I will be spending 3 weeks of class (90 minutes total) using the K-5 curriculum provided by Code.Org. We will spend another 2 hours in the Spring. You can check out the curriculum by clicking here.
Code Studio is also offering a free professional development workshop for one day in cities across the United States. To find one in your area, click here. I have signed up and received approval by my school district to attend. Please consider registering!
“We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up for a free, high-quality professional development workshop led by Code.org K-5 Facilitators, who are experienced computer science educators. Workshops last 6-7 hours and will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. Attendees will also receive free classroom supplies to teach the course.”
Please leave a comment if you are going to use the curriculum and/or attend their Code Studio Workshop!