Lara Gee, Junior School Technology and Integration Specialist and Annie Dearden, Associate Teacher
During the first week of December, 139,329 Hour of Code events are taking place around the world, and 290 Junior School students at CDS participated in one of them!
The Hour of Code first started as a one-hour introduction to computer science and was intended to demonstrate that anyone can learn how to code. It is now a global movement held annually to celebrate computer science and programming, reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. No experience is necessary!
The students at CDS are beginning to understand that programming is so much more than just playing games. It is the power of creating, sharing, exploring and challenging themselves to think in different ways.
This year during the Hour of Code, each CDS student in the Junior School is realizing the power of programming in different ways. Through the Kodable app on the iPads, our youngest learners are engaging in an early introduction to coding. The primary students are working through a series of lessons and challenges using Code.org. Each student in the Junior School has been provided a unique login and is encouraged to continue to learn and share in these activities with parents/guardians at home.
Our Grade 4 students are participating in a Spell-Binding experience, using prior knowledge of littleBits to create unique codes. This opportunity allows students to be creative, working together to solve an everyday problem. In Grades 5 and 6, the students are using Ozobot pocket-sized robots to create different forms of code, working through sets of challenges and even coming up with some cool dance moves! These tiny robots may be small in size, but they are big on excitement!
The challenge of problem solving is an invaluable life skill and the introduction to code is a wonderful opportunity to practice these skills in a safe and engaging way.
By Lara Gee, Junior School Technology and Integration Specialist and Annie Dearden, Associate Teacher