#hourofcode at my school #edchat

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yesterday was AMAZING! K-5 students had an array of activities to use to learn about coding.

The most basic was a maze. The students created their own maze with a sheet of paper and Red Stickers (can’t go) and Blue Stickers (can jump over). They used a block as the piece to move. There were cards with 5 different commands: Move forward, Move backward, Turn Left, Turn Right, and Jump. One student created the maze and the code to get through it. Another student became the robot and tried to move the pieces through the maze.

On the iPad I only used two of the many great free apps. For Kindergarten and 1st grade, we used Kodable which is a simple maze where students direct a fuzz ball creature to move through the maze, collect the most coins and exit the maze. For 2nd-5th graders, we used Light-bot Lite which   ” lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like procedures, loops, and conditionals, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels. ” -from http://light-bot.com/We used both these apps in pairs, where students would work together and take turns to solve the puzzles.

I also created a stack-able puzzle based on the one described on http://csedweek.org/unplugged/thinkersmith. The students decide how they want to stack them and try to code a “robot” to complete the task.

When I can take students into the Computer Lab, we use the online game at http://csedweek.org/learn using Angry Birds and Zombies to solve puzzles. There are 20 lessons here and at the end they get a certificate of completion.

The best part about “the Hour of code”, Challenged, Engaged Students.

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