Next week

Next week, December 3-9 marks yet another Hour of Code.

This has been going on for a few years now.  It’s an opportunity to try coding exercises in the classroom and perhaps create an interest in Computer Science.

Depending on who you are, it might be:

  • something else in education to ignore
  • a first opportunity to try some coding activities
  • a change to follow up with what you did last year
  • an opportunity to celebrate the coding that happens regularly in your classroom
  • or for Computer Science class where coding is done daily, an opportunity to reach out and try something new

Hopefully, if you’re reading this blog, you don’t fall into the first category!

All this past week, I’ve been toying with some of the offerings for this year and, like I do annually, I have created a Flipboard document of some of the things that I’ve found.  It’s certainly not inclusive but just might generate some interest or inspiration.

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All of the past years’ collections are available as well.  I haven’t checked all of the links to see if they’re still active so clicker beware.

There should be no shortage of ideas.

I would encourage all educators to get involved whether it’s getting started or enhancing whatever it is that you’re doing or have done.  Everyone benefits when you do.

If you’re a social media user, take and share pictures, videos, blog posts, etc. so that we can all enjoy what’s happening in your classroom.

So, what are you doing this year?


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2 thoughts on “Next week

  1. Thanks for sharing these resources, Doug! I always appreciate them.

    I’ve gone back and forth over the years on what the Hour of Code might look like in a Kindergarten classroom. Based on our observations of the kids right now, I’m considering three options:

    1) some low-tech coding — likely around the LEGO table — that focuses on directional language.
    2) some low-tech coding, which merges the storytelling and writing elements already happening in the classroom with another layer. I’d consider using Scratch Jr. as well for this, but am just trying to think of logistics on how to do so with 1 or 2 iPads in the classroom. Where might we introduce this to not make it a focus of the learning or a point of argument?
    3) some coding connected to art. I’m seriously considering the idea of the painting Sphero that I’ve seen before. This might be a nice way to build on the abstract art that we’re already creating. I’m just trying to figure out how to do this without dysregulating the class.

    Your post gave me the inspiration to at least sit down and think about possibilities. Once I talk to my teaching partner, Paula, we’ll be able to do some finalizing of plans.



  2. Next week I’m excited to be working with the Rickson Ridge micro:bit dream team! These 4 grade 8 students have been working with me once or twice a week to learn about micro:bits and what they can do. Now they’ve created a lesson plan about how to share their learning with a grade 4 class and we are co-teaching a lesson next week to them!
    I love nurturing the leadership that students are so capable of, co-learning with students, and exploring the engaging thinking that working with technology affords us in many cases – that’s what I love about programming (aka coding) with elementary students. I’ll try to chronicle the experience in a blog post in honour of Hour of Code next week! 🙂


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