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What are you doing for CSEd Week / Hour of Code?

What are you doing for CSEd Week / Hour of Code?

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Hi, we're in the middle of a series of lessons with LEGO WeDo robots in 2nd grade and incorporating Hour of Code will be a snap! What are you all planning?

http://csedweek.org/

-kj-

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MissForesman's picture
MissForesman
Civics and Economics - 10th Grade

Students in my class are coding in the classroom and learning about career opportunities that involve coding. Technology opportunities like this are limited, so this is a fantastic learning experience and so far they are loving it!

Elliott Hauser's picture
Elliott Hauser
Open Education advocate at Coursefork; teaching at UNC

We're helping Wiley Elementary in Raleigh NC hold an hour of code for all their students. We went with "My Robotic Friends" as the core activity because it's easily adaptable to different ages and easy for teachers to implement.

We've gathered the materials, including a how-to video for teachers here:
http://coursefork.org/elliott/elementary-hour-of-code

I'd be interested to hear others' experiences with offline activities- so far it seems to be great prep and motivation for the online stuff!

Krisi Harwood's picture
Krisi Harwood
Technology Specialist for Friess Lake School District

Our middle school students have utilized the tutorials put together by code.org and Code Academy. The students in second-sixth grade have enjoyed exploring the coding apps for iPads (Light-Bot, Cargo-Bot). They all have enjoyed the activities we have done and would like to continue learning! Thanks to Code.org for putting together great videos to share with the students which helped launch their hour of code.

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

Midway through #CSEdWeek, we have had mixed success with our Grade 2 students. My initial plan to use https://www.tynker.com/ failed Monday when the site was overwhelmed and essentially inaccessible. We had several contingency plans and those worked well, including:

http://botlogic.us/play
http://learn.code.org/hoc/1
http://light-bot.com/hocflash.html
https://blockly-demo.appspot.com/
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted

Certainly understandable that Tynker had problems; they added more servers and it was better today but still not usable. Such a shame too as I had such high hopes for the app.

Overall, most kids are making great progress, 'getting' the concepts and enjoying themselves. Not all are - and it's understandable, coding isn't for everyone, after all.

All things considered, it's been a great success, with parents outside second grade hearing about our activities and joining in at home. This initiative was a great idea!

-kj-

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Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

What day(s), Dan? And what times? It was *UNUSABLE* on Monday around 10am, better but still a no-go Tuesday at the same time, but basically ok by Thursday (but my 2nd graders didn't like it really.)

Did you find certain sites more popular/effective with the youngest kids? And were you on iPads or computers?

-kj-

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Throughout the week at various times. I had one class where it kept flaking out, but it wasn't too terrible, all things considered.

Second graders definitely found it a bit more of a challenge early in the week. I boosted the pep talk beforehand about trying something even when it's hard later, and I heard less complaining.

Tynker is the only site I used all week. We used the PCs in the lab.

Sandra Hay's picture

I don't know if there is an official date for this, but my class should be getting 1;1 Chromebooks by the beginning of February. I teach fifth grade and I REALLY want to do the hour of code and would love recommendations as to how we can do this.

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Sandra,
The official date was a couple weeks ago, but you can teach coding any time!
The best place to start would be the page that lists al of the available tutorials: http://csedweek.org/learn They have a wide range for students at all levels, and I believe most of them are planning on keeping those resources up for the immediate future. Take your time to check them out, and have fun!

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

Hi Sandra! Dan is right, the event is over, but the resources are still worth using!

Tell us more about you, your class, how many students, a little about them, etc.

One tip: if you are looking for an easy way to share multiple website activities, check out http://www.livebinders.com/ - it's a free and easy to use service that is great for that!

-kj-

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