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.
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.