Each day this week, we have been coding with our Junior and Senior students to celebrate Computer Science week and the Hour of Code. Each day I have been tweeting some thoughts, ideas and resources on this topic. —- >
Here are some resources I have found useful to explore and share programming and coding with students.
Why learn Computer Science?
Kodable’s 5 reasons to teach kids to code
Here is a very cool resume programmed in the style in Super Mario World by Robbie Leonardi
Google celebrates Comp. Sci. week with a Google Doodle on Grace Hopper
The ScratchEd has produced an activity to celebrate this week. Who wants to send a Holiday card this season when you can send a holiday code instead?!
Here is the link.
Finally, here is a link to my programming page with ideas for using Scratch in the classroom, some articles and resources for coding on tablets and/or computers. I also outline 4 key concepts for introducing programming through tools like Scratch. Having a great Comp. Sci. week so far. My highlight this week was on Monday when a very quiet and very new Grade 5 student who burst into my class during his playground keen to show his progress in Scratch despite ONLY a 10 minute introduction the prior morning before he had to leave for his basketball game. It was a teaching moment I won’t forget!