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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?



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Jason Markey's picture
Jason Markey
Principal, East Leyden High School

We are really looking forward to using this opportunity to introduce student to spark interest as well as to give our current "coders" a platform to share their experiences. We will be using the tutorials on http://csedweek.org/learn as an introduction to new studnents and all students will be tweeting to #leydencodes throughout the week!


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

Thanks Jason! How many students? What grade levels?

We are fairly limited in terms of being able to reach only one grade (second; 100 kids) that week (I have other projects going on for the other grade levels I can't really move) but next year it'll be different!

Do you all do anything with robotics e.g., USFirst?


Jason Markey's picture
Jason Markey
Principal, East Leyden High School


This will be a fairly large number of students, all students currently in any of our Business Department classes which includes our required Digital Literacy course.

We do have a robotics club, contact Frank Holthouse via Twitter at @fholthouse, for details.


Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Kevin, do you have any experience with Raspberry pi? I was thinking of trying to put something together using these for an after school program, but I have to get up to speed myself.

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

I do not but my friend Dave Zirkle does, hang on, I will get him in here...

Dave Zirkle's picture

Hi Whitney: I've played a bit with the Pi, my favorite so far is RasbMC, which lets you make a smart TV for about $50. There are quite a few other images to let you browse the web, use Scratch to learn programming, etc.

One thing it lacks is a VGA port, so you can either use composite (low resolution) or HDMI.

Just a thought - if you haven't spent your money yet, also consider the Arduino. It's similar money, but you can use it as a controller for all kinds of cool things, including retrofitting old toy robots. I think you might get more cool projects and learning about programming out of it vs. the Pi.

garethrj's picture
Sixth grade teacher, Vancouver, BC

In 6RJ we have been familiarizing ourselves with the code tutorials over the past few weeks. We have also prepared a 20 minute Hour of Code rally that we will be presenting to the rest of the Jr. School tomorrow at a full school assembly. The students developed the show and have had a great time learning about coding. We hope to build some momentum around the event and encourage more classes to participate.

Clara Galan's picture
Clara Galan
Former Social Media Marketing Assistant for Edutopia

Here are some great Computer Science Education Week resources that I have come across on Edutopia and social media spaces:

- 15+ Ways to Teach Students Coding (Even Without a Computer!) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/15-ways-teaching-students-coding-vicki-davis
- Coding Across the Curriculum: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/coding-across-the-curriculum-matthew-farber
- 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-teaching-children-coding-anna-adam
- Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/code-literacy-21st-century-requirement-doug...
- Hour of Code: CSEd Week official site: http://csedweek.org/
- Brainpop: Computer program this puppy's adventure: http://www.brainpop.com/games/tynkerpuppyadventure/
- Webmaker: Great list of resources and events for Hour of Code: https://blog.webmaker.org/hour_of_code

You can even build a holiday card using code here: http://www.learnstreet.com/hour-of-code/

Use these resources in your classroom and get coding!

"As I see it, code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world. When we acquired language, we didn't just learn how to listen, but also how to speak. When we acquired text, we didn't just learn how to read, but also how to write. Now that we have computers, we are learning to use them but not how to program them." -- Douglas Rushkoff

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