Friday, November 6, 2015

Code - ISTE 2015

If you were at ISTE did you see any sessions on Coding in Elementary school? 

Here is a link to a session on using the Code.org K-5 Curiculum https://www.isteconference.org/2015/?id=94316691

The Hour of Code is approaching and I am working with teachers in my district to get k-5 students coding. 

We have chosen to set up students in Code.org’s  Course 1 or Course 2, depending on their age and ability. Before we go to the computer lab, everyone will participate in two unplugged lessons. Unplugged lessons are teaching strategies without using technology. Below you will find the Google Slide presentation I have shared with teachers in my district who are participating. It is a live document and we will be updating it as needed.



Are you new to The Hour of Code?
It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Code.org launched in 2013 by co-founders Ali and Hadi Partovi.
(I met Hadi in July and took an #ussie with him!!!)

Many other code companies participate in the Hour of Code. Go to https://hourofcode.com/us to get started and learn more. You can code at any time, but December 7-1 is the week we celebrate Computer Science Education. Here you will find resources to get started in your classroom, school, or district.




Take a look at this!



All of the green dots and orange markers are places and people who have committed to doing the hour of code with their students. This map is only of the U.S but students all over the world are participating in the event. I found a few great statisitcs from the Code.org website:
  • Students are learning in 40 languages
  • Over 100 million students have tried an hour of code
  • More girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years
Join us as we try to reach all students in all schools, everyone should have the opportunity to explore computer science.


Did you know that 65% of scientists with advanced degrees,said their interest for science started before middle school?

To find out more read http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Makerspaces.pdf
Thanks to Andrea WilsonVazquez for this information!!
If you are an elementary teacher, you are probably not surprised. Let’s work together and introduce code to our young learners and see what we can accomplish!

Are you coding with elementary students? If so, what are you doing? What is going well?

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