Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hour of Code

My class participated in the "Hour of Code" again this year. My students enjoyed coding and  collaborating with a third grade class last year. So, it was time to take it to a grade level collaboration this year. All four sections of first grade classes and all three sections of third grade classes participated in "Hour of Code" this year.

My students explored coding using the following apps:
Kodable
Daisy the Dinosaur
ScratchJr

On Friday we got together with third graders. The third graders brought their Chrome Books and showed us the following sites.
The excitement of working with the older students was in the air!





We only had about 30 minutes to work with them, but what was great was I witnessed so many 21st century skills demonstrated during this activity.
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • creative thinking
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • technology skills
  • flexibility
  • leadership
One third grade teacher mentioned that it was hard for some third graders to give up control on their Chrome Book and let first graders try it. That's a great learning moment, isn't it?

I would like my students to keep exploring coding throughout the year. A few more apps to add to our coding practice:
Cargo-Bot
Hopscotch