- There is real magic when upper grade students are paired with younger students. They rise to the challenge and shine as mentors.
- It is important that students have hands-on coding experiences where they can see the code transferred into physical responses which is why the Dash and Finch were really powerful tools.
- Coding without words allows all students to access the power of coding. Osmo Coding and Ozobots really support this idea.
- Promote what you believe in by reaching out to the local news. Coding is not a solitary activity with students in front of a screen.... my goal is to debunk this practice and open up the possibility of inspiring our students to see coding and computer science as something they want to learn more about and do.
What I learned after 2 weeks with 23 full hours of code and 46 classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade..
Photos by Scott Girard
In my new role as full time Educational Technology Coordinator at two of our elementary schools, I get the opportunity to have more than one attempt at implementing different ideas. For the next two weeks, I am able to introduce our students to different ways to learn and use coding through the Hour of Code but also to help debut options that are available in SP Design Lab, SP Innovation Lab, CV Lightbulb Lab, and CV Makerspace.
After my first attempt the day prior, I was able to be prepared for 6 Hours of Code at Stoner Prairie on Friday. Thank goodness I had already had some practice because three hour sessions back to back with a half hour break and then three more hour sessions back to back isn't for the faint of heart.
The Learning Environment
Pictures cannot capture the feeling in the room. A huge thanks to our high school volunteers - Michael E., Eduardo C., Mason J., Cam M., Ethan F., and Peter D. We even had a special visit from Mr. Stremlow who made it possible for our students to be supported with high school friends.