Hour of Code is almost here!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are just 2 weeks away from Computer Science Education Week which means the Hour of Code is upon us.  Below I’ve listed coding resources for you to look at ahead of time so that you can plan.  Keep in mind that you are not limited to coding during this specific week or to these resources.  Code can be integrated at any time of the year and there are TONS of tools out there!  This list just scratches the surface.

  • CS Ed Week has a plethora of resources for computer science education week.
  • Code.org has a TON of information for educators, doing the hour of code, and code courses for all levels.
  • CS For All allows you to search for resources on computer science.  For instance, I could do a search for “I am a teacher interested in middle school CS education” and it will populate resources that fit your needs.
  • Pencilcode.net lets you draw, jam, or write adventure stories.  This could be great for art, music, or writing.
  • Many of the robots on the market have lessons or activities to foster learning how to code.  Ozobot, SpheroDash and Dot by MakeWonder lessons
  • Scratch can be used to make interactive stories, games, and animations.  My kindergarten students coded holiday greeting cards to email to their parents a few years ago.  There are also a ton of scratch games that work with Makey Makey if you want to be extra fancy.
  • Hopscotch works with iPhone or iPad that lets you make your own games and art.
  • The Foos by CodeSpark turns computer programming into play.  I would recommend this for younger students.
  • Code Monkey is an online game that teaches you to code.
  • Osmo has a coding game manipulative.  This is more elementary.
  • Code a Pillar is a toy for Pre K-K age kids.  I just learned about this new toy on the news last night!
  • Snakify helps you learn Python
  • Cs first by Google has lessons and activities for 4th-8th grade students.
  • Made with code by Google has many different projects to choose from such as this personalized emoji project I made.  I especially loved the option to have a Hawaiian shirt and laptop.

How does this relate to the classroom? Students are reading, sequencing, writing, scaling, counting, measuring, giving directions, following directions, and problem solving when they code.  It’s not just a technology thing!  Below you will see how I scaffolded coding at my school last year.  In the end, it’s all coding.  Please do not think these tools are exclusive to the grade I taught them too.  Anybody can code using any tool.  Explore them all!

Kindergarten-Bee Bot
First Grade- Kodable
Second Grade-Daisy the Dinosaur and Lego Fix the Factory
Third Grade- Scratch Jr
Fourth Grade-Scratch and Hopscotch
Fifth Grade-Mozilla Webmaker, Codecademy, and Cargo Bot


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