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Computer Science Education Week - Hour of Code

Dec 8, 2016

Hour of Code 1.jpgWe live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program that is dedicated to showing kindergarten through grade 12 students the importance of computer science education.  Computer Science Education week runs from December 5 through 11.

Three years ago, Code.org organized an Hour of Code event to celebrate CS Ed week with the goal toHour of Code 2.jpg encourage as many students as possible to participate in at least one hour of a coding activity during the week.

At The IDEAL School, students in the Upper School participated in The Hour of Code.  Our participation in The Hour of Code makes the statement that The IDEAL School of Manhattan is ready to teach these foundational 21st Century skills. In 2017, I will teaching coding and robotics to our Lower School students.

 

During winter break, we encourage our students and their families to continue exploring computer science at home. Here are some fun resources that I recommend to get started:

Websites:

Mrs. Wolff Suggested Robots (email me at kwolff@theidealschool.org with any questions):

Please see this article when pairing a drone to the Tynker app: http://www.tynker.com/blog/articles/ideas-and-tips/programming-projects-for-kids/programming-parrot-drones-with-tynker/

iOs Apps:

  • Hopscotch FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hopscotch-learn-to-code-creatively/id617098629?mt=8

  • The Foos-FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/codespark-academy-foos-coding/id923441570?mt=8

  • Kodable- FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kodable-k-5-coding-curriculum/id577673067?mt=8

  • Tynker- FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tynker-learn-to-code.-games/id805869467?mt=8

  • ScratchJr- FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scratchjr/id895485086?mt=8

  • Cargo Bot- FREE

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cargo-bot/id519690804?mt=8

  • Lightbot- $2.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lightbot-programming-puzzles/id657638474?mt=8

Topics: education, leadership, academic, excellence, creativity, coding, computer science, code.org, technology, computers, javascript

Written by Karin Wolff

Karin Wolff is IDEAL's STEAM Teacher and Technology Integration Coordinator.