Friday, December 11, 2015

Hour of Code

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.