As we have the past two years, we participated in Computer Science Education Week December 5-11, 2016. “Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science”, as and as we have in the past, my students tried their hand at computer program using the website Hour of Code by Code.org. My preKindergarten through grade 2 students worked together with their classmates on the Promethean board to work through the coding activities, while grades 3 to 5 students used their Chromebooks. One of the many things I love about Code.org is that they highlight women in many of their tutorials and posters which is wonderful for my female students – this helps these young girls to imagine themselves as computer programmers.
As you can see from the pictures, all had fun while learning the basics of computer programming – I hope my students will continue to explore computer coding (with their parents permission and encouragement)!
Interested in reading about our previous Hour of Code events here in the Flower Hill Media Center? Click on the links below!
Coding is a Easy as 1-2-3-click! (2015)
MCPS Moment (2015)
Celebrating in the Library-December Edition (2014)
As a lifelong learner, my goal is to learn something new every day, and to inspire my students to do the same.
Celebrating Computer Science Education Week each year is one of the highlights of the school year for my students. Each December we participate in the Hour of Code and learn beginning computer programming by coding games such as Angry Bird, Frozen, or Flappy Bird. Hour of Code often uses Blocky which is a visual programming tool where students click blocks together to write code. To my students delight, Hour of Code added a Star Wars programming game and a Minecraft programming game this year. Hour of Code encourages students to challenge themselves, work collaboratively, and explore computer science in a fun and engaging way.
We were thrilled this year to be spotlighted in Montgomery County Public Schools’ MCPS Moment – to view the video, click here. My students did an amazing job during the filming!
If you are interested in giving your students the opportunity to explore computer programming, consider some of the following sites.
Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming.
Other beginning programming educational websites that use Blockly are listed below (Courtesy Google Developers):