Last Friday was our Hour of Code! Kids of all ages across the globe participated in coding for an hour to introduce more people to computer science from December 4th - December 10th (which also just happens to be Computer Science Week). We kicked off our celebrations with a drawing for a free t-shirt...and look who won! Congratulations Oliver!
Then during technology class each class broke into groups to explore Cubelets robot blocks, Code Combat and of course the Hour of Code website, which hosts dozens of coding games for kids. The 4/5 kids were the first group and they just loved the Cubelets! There was a lot of teamwork and collaborating going on, and of course, lots of smiles too!
The 2/3 class were the second group to participate and they couldn't wait to get their hands on those robots! Meanwhile, they enjoyed exploring some of the fun games the Hour of Code website had to offer...Madison dabbled in some Monster High coding, and then she tried some Barbie coding, while Ben and Josie tried their hand at Minecraft coding.
The K/1 class was next, and they were naturals! They were intimidated by the coding concept at first, but once they played around on it for a bit, they took off running! They enjoyed the Angry birds coding game, while Eligh explored a unicorn coding game as well as some others. But it was unanimous...they all loved the Cubelets! We are so fortunate to be able to check out cool learning tools like that from the district, but I'm hopeful that we can purchase some of these for our technology lab in the future!
At the end of class each child received a certificate for participating in the Hour of Code, and its my hope that they will continue to explore these games and improve their skills on their own at home! We will be coding all month, so stop on by and check it out!
Here are those websites...hourofcode.org or https://code.org/ or https://codecombat.com/ (and the classroom code is PoolHideMilk). All of these websites are free and they dont need an account to log in, though they will need to use their google account to log into code combat, which is their school email, and the classroom code is provided above. These sites can also be found on our "websites for students" link above. Thanks for dropping by!
I will be blogging about our weekly adventures in Media and Technology, so be sure to visit often! We're always doing something cool! :)