In December 2017 I participated in Code.org's Hour of Code. After seeing the enthusiasm and joy on my students' faces I decided it was important to continue teaching computer science and programing for the remainder of the year. While I had already planned to do this with my own 5th grade class, I wanted to include other students as well. This brought about the creation of my school's first Coding Club.
Starting a computer science club at your school is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
With the Hour of Code soon upon us I created two mini lessons to help introduce elementary students to computer science. The videos I chose were from code.org and the games are all located at https://code.org/learn. I hope you find them useful and can use them with your students.
Hour of Code Mini Lessons (TK-2nd)
Hour of Code Mini Lessons (3rd+)
Since 2013 Code.org has hosted a week devoted to encouraging students to learn more about computer science and computer programming. This world-wide event has reached over 180 countries and continues to grow each year.
I have personally participated in the Hour of Code for the past three years. It was amazing to watch my students that hadn't shown much interest in academics thrive in the area of computer science and computer programming. Their enthusiasm was inspiring. It even inspired me to start an after school Coding Club.
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator