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Hour of Code – A Resource Roundup

Hour of Code – A Resource Roundup

My whole school is so excited for the Hour of Code this week! Last week our teachers got some playtime, and I loved getting texts and emails this week about plans for their classrooms. I whole heartedly believe in play time, for teachers and students! It really pays off.

Hour of Code Resources

One of our amazing Kindergarten teachers, Carly Carlough, made these slides that I loved! She allowed me to share it with our First Graders today, and with you. She gave permission for you to have access to these Google Slides. Just click the link or the image, and make yourself a copy. I thought it was such a great resource to start a discussion, and introduce the topic of computer science.

After my class viewed these slides, and pretended to be robots programmed by my commands (which was way too much fun for us all!) we tried a little unplugged programming. We used a 120 chart, some bear erasers, and colored chips. The goal was to get your bear to the colored chip with only 2 “moves” or commands. The bear could move up, down, left or right. Again, everyone loved this! Here’s a video of the unplugged coding in action –

Don’t you just love that the “computer” student followed the “programmer” commands exactly! Oh, the problem solving skills they’re learning!

Tomorrow, we’ll be coding some more, but I’ll also be meeting with the iExplorers, our student technology leaders. I created this ThingLink for them to share with their classes, and as a place to help students get started with iPad apps after they use the resources at Code.org.

I hope that you find these coding resources useful, and wish you as much fun as we’re having with Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week! I’m hoping that this week of coding fun will spill over into student projects and pastimes.

MZ Sig

Organize Symbaloo Webmixes with Tile Groups

Organize Symbaloo Webmixes with Tile Groups

  In June Symbaloo added some great new features to their free and premium accounts. My favorite new feature is the ability to organize your webmix tiles into tile groups! It’s super simple to do and allows you curate more links, and get an even more organized webmix. I used a tile group in my latest webmix… Continue Reading


Math Games for 1st Graders – A Symbaloo Webmix

Math Games for 1st Graders – A Symbaloo Webmix

I’ve always used my class website as a place for students and parents to access the resources we use in class. One of my favorite pages has always been the Math Games Page. My students usually LOVE the games we play, and I love it when they are so excited they want to play at… Continue Reading


Personal Branding With Canva

Personal Branding With Canva

  As I transitioned Zig Zagging from Blogger to a self hosted WordPress site, there was lots to do and consider, including personal branding. However, there was one thing I knew I wanted to challenge myself to do – create the site images on my own, not pay someone else. (If you are thinking about… Continue Reading


Love ThingLink on an iPad or in a Browser

Love ThingLink on an iPad or in a Browser

Earlier today I was asked about how we added the cool star nubbins in our Earth Day ThingLink, so I wanted to share some tips. ThingLink can be an awesome classroom creation resource. It’s iPad app and web browser version are both awesome! They do have some differences though, so let me share a few tips for creating & curating with… Continue Reading


Collaboration – Poems & Space Projects

Collaboration – Poems & Space Projects

Space is one of those subjects that gets kids hooked automatically! I love exploring space with students! After we used Padlet to record our thinking, we continued to investigate through books, videos on Discovery Education, science lessons taught my my partner (who does an awesome job teaching all the 1st grade science – I teach… Continue Reading