During the first week of December, and back by popular demand, every student in the Junior School participated in the Hour of Code! 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 has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This global movement has now reached over a billion students in more than 180 countries.
Tutorials and activities at CDS this year included the introduction to the Kodable app for our JK and SK students. Our primary students engaged in programming in Code.org, with a special focus in Grade 3 learning about AI (artificial intelligence) while exploring ethical issues and how AI can be used to address world problems –AI for Oceans. The students in Grade 4 and 5 exploredScratch, a free programming language where students created their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In Grade 6, students celebrated Hour of Code in aTynkerCodeLab - Build A Lunar Habitat - with special guests from NASA!
Much fun and learning was had by all! We will continue to explore different computer science and coding opportunities throughout the year in our class time with Mrs. Gee, Junior School Technology Integration Specialist.