Ann Kozma (@annkozma723) shared this quote from +EdSurge @edsurge "Coding is the new literacy. It will not replace foreign languages, but it will be the global vernacular for understanding how technologies work." Why You Should Learn to Code (and How to Actually Do It!) an article from DIY Genius (@diygeniusEDU) that tells us why we should learn to code and actually DOES provide some great resources for how to do it! Still not sold on coding? Check out this "10 Reasons to Teach Coding" sketchnote by the amazing Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth), my favorite reason is "Coding gives you superpowers!".
Celebrating the Hour of Code
How will you celebrate the Hour of Code? There are many, many opportunities for everyone to celebrate and as the movement grows year after year more programs and apps will be available. Rae Fearing (@RaeFearing) shared this amazing Hour of Code hyperdoc that is quite literally a one stop coding resource shop! So many resources to choose from! Also check out Bryan Lachapelle's (@LachapelleB) awesome Hour of Code hyperdoc for students!
New to Coding? No Problem!
Most of us are new(er) to coding and most likely have students who are brand new as well. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to support those of us who are just getting our feet wet in the world of computer science. Here are some resources that will help get you started including an Intro to Coding hyperdoc that I shared during the chat.
- Code.org YouTube Playlist (shared by Joe Young @jyoung1219)
- CSUnplugged Computer Science without a computer!
- Brian Aspinall's "Getting Kids to Code" page has resources broken down by grade level!
- Jerry Blumengarten's (@cybraryman1) Coding Literacy Page
- MIT App Inventor (@MITappInventor) an introduction to programing and app creation.
- Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids from Common Sense Media (shared by Pablo Diaz @teachusingtech)
- #TOSAChat Hour of Code shared resource doc. A crowdsourced doc put together by Ben Lausten (@LaustenTeaching) that includes links to the resources shared during the chat!
Computer Science Clubs/Programs:
- Google's CS First (Computer Science First) a FREE program that increases students' access to computer science.
Going Deeper Than Drag and Drop
Amanda Haughs (@MsHaughs) suggests having advanced coders learn through Khan Academy. Students can check out Khan Academy's Intro to HTML/CSS Making webpages. Tutorials start with the basics and build up to challenges and projects. Students can then use HTML on Google Sites! A fantastic way to integrate computer science skills into Google Apps!
Taking Coding Above and Beyond!
Robots are cool. Drones are awesome. What better way to take coding to the next level than to code a robot to drive or roll or to program a drone to fly? These amazing tech tools give kids an incredibly engaging and fun experience as they are learning to code. Watching students draw a track then reason logically through the steps as they write the code to get their robot to drive on it it is one of the coolest things I have seen! If you are interested in getting your students coding with robots and drones check out these recommendations that are #TOSAChat tested and kid approved.
Dash from Wonder Workshop is an adorable little robot that can be programmed using 5 different apps available on IOS and Android! The various apps make it possible for students from pre-k+ to begin programming a robot. Dash starts at $149.99 and will need an app compatible device to be used with it.
SPHERO makes an app enabled, you guessed it, sphere shaped robots (although Ollie is more cylinder shaped) that work with both IOS and Android. There are a few different kinds to choose from including the new Star Wars robot BB-8! Also check out the SPRK edition made to be used in an education setting to give students a "crash course" in programming with this awesome robot.
Parrot Drones come highly recommended from those on Twitter (like Brian Briggs @bribriggs) who have been using them in education. Need ideas for using Drones to teach? Check out 7 Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom by Edutopia and join the Drones for Schools G+ community.
Have more resources? Please share them in the comments below!
Happy coding everyone!
#TOSAChat was started by Ben Cogswell (@Cogswell_ben), Joe Young (@Jyoung1219), Kelly Martin (@kmartintahoe) and myself as a way for Teachers On Special Assignment to connect, share and grow together. Check out tosachat.weebly.com to view past chats, storify links and upcoming questions. You can join us at 8PM PST on Monday nights.