Because I missed sharing so much of my classroom's going ons I wanted to do some reflection posts. Here is my attempt to share some of what you missed...
A few weeks ago, my school participated in "Hour of Code". You might have read Jennifer's, from Rowdy in First Grade, post about how her students participate. I was so excited to see another blogger who participated.
Basically, The Hour of Code was a week of Computer Science where students all over the world learn to write lines of code and program. Here is a quick video.
My whole district was encouraged to participate. I am excited and proud to say that my WHOLE school participated, thanks to our wonderful Technology Integrationist. Students from Kindergarten to 5th grade wrote lines and line of code using the Angry Birds game.
The kids were so excited, they could barely contain themselves. I sat in with the Kinder kids.
Writing the "code".
Watching our birds move.
I really wish I had taken video. They cheered after every successful move.
Since then, I have been to the app store and found that there are SEVERAL free "coding" apps out there for free. However, I think if you wanted to find a place to start, go on over to "The hour of Code" site. They have several tutorials and programs to start with. They teach you to create your own holiday cards, create your own games or apps, even learn different kinds of code, like Java.
It really was a wonderful experience. Anyone can try it and be successful, so no worries if you aren't techie. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.