As a lifelong learner, my goal is to learn something new every day, and to inspire my students to do the same.
Celebrating Computer Science Education Week each year is one of the highlights of the school year for my students. Each December we participate in the Hour of Code and learn beginning computer programming by coding games such as Angry Bird, Frozen, or Flappy Bird. Hour of Code often uses Blocky which is a visual programming tool where students click blocks together to write code. To my students delight, Hour of Code added a Star Wars programming game and a Minecraft programming game this year. Hour of Code encourages students to challenge themselves, work collaboratively, and explore computer science in a fun and engaging way.
We were thrilled this year to be spotlighted in Montgomery County Public Schools’ MCPS Moment – to view the video, click here. My students did an amazing job during the filming!
If you are interested in giving your students the opportunity to explore computer programming, consider some of the following sites.
Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming.
Other beginning programming educational websites that use Blockly are listed below (Courtesy Google Developers):
Games for tomorrow’s programmers.
IDE for Android apps from MIT.
K-12 computer science.
Programming line-following robots.
Robots for play and education.
Programming Lego EV3 robots.
Make, play and share games.
Introduction to Game Design from MIT.
|Made with Code
Encouraging girls to code.
Powering your Internet of Things.