Friday, December 16, 2016

Hour of Code Week at Greystone Elementary

Greystone students had a great time during the Hour of Code Week, December 5-11. Many classrooms participated by using activities on Many classrooms also had the opportunity to code using Osmo Coding, Osmo Newton, and program Dash, and Bee Bot.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

“Special” Hour of Code Activities at BPES

Students at BPES were immersed in Hour of Code activities throughout the week during specials. Here are some highlights of the week:

Art - 3rd-5th Pixel Art using Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets
Art - K-2 - Coding with Ozobots
Library - Learning about coding jobs

STEAM - Coding activities using Bee Bots, Ozobots, and Dash and Dot

South Shades Crest and the Hour of Code

South Shades Crest students had a great time during the Hour of Code Week, December 5-11. Some classes participated in coding stations in the Tinker Lab including programing Dash, Ozobots, and Bee-bots. Many classrooms participated by using activities on Many enjoyed old favorites such as Ana and Elsa, Scratch, Star Wars, and Minecraft. The new unit, Moana, was a huge hit. Students loved the activities because they were challenging and engaging.

Riverchase Loves to Code!

Riverchase participated in the annual Hour of Code event, December 5-11. This year the specials teachers joined in the festivities. The librarian, Mrs. Rich, had the fifth graders complete a Scratch project which included animating their name. The art teacher, Mrs. Evans, picked up with the project by helping the fifth grade students add in music. The enrichment teacher, Mrs. Michoudet, had her students create binary code initial bracelets using pony beads. The PE teachers, Coach Gilcrest and Patridge, created obstacle courses and had the students program their way through the course. The STEAM teacher, Ms. Frederick, led a fun coding exploring week with all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The stations included Osmo Coding, Scratch, Bee-bot, and Dash. The broadcast team showed videos for inspiration each morning for broadcast. In the classroom, teachers gave students to explore Hour of Code activities. Some of their favorite apps included Kodable and The Foos.

Coding on the Mountain

Shades Mountain students love to code! The Hour of Code week was celebrated in classrooms with students using tutorials and activities. Moana was a favorite this year! Apps such as Kodable, The Foos, and Move the Turtle were also a hit in kindergarten through second grade. Third grade used the Innovation Zone to program Dash to dance around a Christmas Tree. Dash also learned how to “ice skate” by taping a marker to the robot and programming it to draw shapes on paper using Blockly. Students in grades second through fifth enjoyed speakers from Daxko who talked about the importance of coding in their jobs complete with a demonstration on how to code in Minecraft.

Hour of Code at GVES

Green Valley students loved having Hoover High code with them last Wednesday.  Hoover students helped guide Green Valley on how to code.  The video the HS kids created really pumped every grade up.  The students have been especially enthusiastic about using coding to play Minecraft and to create music.  Move the Turtle, Daisy Dinosaur, and Foos coding iPad apps were used my many K-2 students. It was a GREAT Gator day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hour of Code at GWIN

Even the youngest learner can begin to code. Kindergarten students at Gwin have been learning the basics of coding language. Learning through play has never been more fun! Students enjoyed a guest speaker that helped everyone understand how coding is used in the games that they love.  They have enjoyed programming Moana to catch fish across the ocean and making the Minecraft characters move around their world.   One student reports, “I like coding because it is challenging, and I like a challenge!”  Students have also enjoyed learning about other children all over the world who code. One 3rd grade teacher said "It empowers them to believe that they can do anything. They have enjoyed creating new projects and also playing each of the games created by classmates. We will continue to utilize programming and  computer science in the classroom." Music, Art, PE, and Library also had great activities planned out for the kids.
It is clear that Gwin students have some computer scientists in-the-making! Students and teachers were all smiles during Hour of Code Week.

Hour of Code Week at DVES

Deer Valley Elementary students this year participated in Hour of Code during their library time.  Librarian, Raquel Lieber, started each session with a lesson on various types of computer science jobs.  Students then spent their remaining time coding using the Kodable app.  

Hour of Code Week at RRES

The students at RRES were CODING away.  Students listened to guest speakers, made bracelets and ornaments from Binary Code, and worked on coding websites.

The guest speakers were from Daxko and IBM. They talked to the students about all kinds of information on coding in the “real world” - everything from how simple computers really are to how complicated creating an app can be. 3rd graders got to hear about what computer science means and had a tutorial on Hour of Code courses. The fourth graders learned more about the Scratch coding program and how to build a game. Fifth grade got to explore a little more in depth from our speaker about the inner workings of code. Several classes “Broke Out” for in advance to prepare for this techy week!

Many classes learned how to read binary code and created a bracelet and/or ornament that displayed a word or phrase.  The students were so excited for their families to figure out their mystery word.

Students have been busy using

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday 12/8/2016 code campers from 1st to 4th grade presented their final project to parents and community leaders. From Bee Bot robots, programmed drone spiders, Minecraft presentations, MOSS robotics, Makey Makey circuits and Blockly code students did a fantastic job culminating a two week after school coding camp led by Amanda Stone and Dana Joyner.

Friday, December 9, 2016

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Did you miss Google's Virtual Conference?

Did you miss Google's Education on Air? Click HERE and you will find each session's archive.

Session including hacking the classroom with Google tools, Google certifications, formative assessments, portfolios and more!