Monday, December 14, 2015

Day 68 - Hour of Code - Rachel Small - Memorial School Library/Media Specialist

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we are focusing on digital literacy via the Hour of Code in the Memorial Learning Commons.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Kindergarten and first grade students are participating in Unplugged: Happy Maps (provided by They’re learning about algorithms.

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Mrs. Sullivan working with her kindergarten students.
(She has more patience than any other teacher I have ever observed.)
Mrs. Farrell and a few of her first grade students.
Second and fourth grade students are participating in Unplugged: Graph Paper Programming (provided by They’re learning about algorithms and programs.

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Two of Ms. McLaughlin's second grade students.

Mrs. Gonzalez's students.

A few students are struggling with the concepts and I’m trying to push them to have a growth mindset. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” they’re being prompted to take a deep breath and say, “I can’t do this, yet.”

These unplugged/off-line coding activities are connected to problem-solving across the curriculum. Most students are having a lot of fun as they learn to code.

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