Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tech Thursday {}

Technology Thursday is a weekly linky dedicated to all things technology related. Check out our Linky Parties page for details on how to link up!

This week I am sharing about a great way to get your students excited about coding! This has quickly become one of my students' favorite free time activities!

Coding is a 21st century skill that our students will be able to translate into a vast array of jobs and hobbies that probably don't exist yet. For now, coding teaches our students to think creatively while following set rules - and what teacher doesn't want that?!

I found to be a really easy way to dip my toes into the waters of coding. To get started, my entire class completed the Hour of Code. In this one hour tutorial, students learn the basics of coding, watch some motivational & instructional videos, and create one basic online game using easy drag & drop commands. The "official" date for the hour of code is in December, but the program is up all year. 

Here's a game created by an 8 year old that was shared on their public list... click on it to play!

If your students love the hour of code as much as mine did, the next step would be one of their 20-hour curriculum plans. These plans delve further into coding, including algorithms, problem-solving, & even  binary code. My students who want to do more coding work on this when they have free time. You can check out the different plans and choose the best one for your class here. I started my 5th graders on course 2 since they had already completed the hour of code. They are having a blast, and constantly show off their latest games to the class. 

Have you tried coding in your class? I'd love to hear how you did it, and what your students thought. Link up and share your tech tips with us! 


1 comment:

  1. I am so hoping that someone in the blogger world will help me with a question...I love the real photos that people are using like the one you have in this post. Is there a site, store, trick to finding these wonderful non-fiction...real life photos for use in products and posts? I have searched endlessly for how to find them for my science lessons or powerpoints for classes and have come up empty! Hope you could share your secret.

    Renee at or The Science School Yard


We LOVE to read your comments, and prefer to reply by email so that you will receive our responses. Make sure you're not a "No Reply Blogger" or leave your email address in your comment.Thanks for stopping by! :)