Looking to Celebrate computer science with your students? Computer Science Education Week takes place December 7-14 all around the world! You may have heard of the Hour of Code, this is a huge initiative with Code.Org to promote programming with our youth. I have been participating in this with my students since 2013!!!!
If you have never focused on coding in your classroom before, this is a great time to start. I begin my computer science unit in December and extend it into Jan/Feb. I am so passionate about CS & believe students should have the opportunity to learn about technology, create their own code, problem solve, and more. These skills help our students prepare for the future.
I created a free guide to provide you with resources for iPads, computers, and even unplugged activities if you have a shortage of devices! Every student should have the chance to participate during Computer Science Education Week. If you can not dedicate a lot of time, think about a Fun Friday period, Maker Monday, or Tinker Tuesday. There are many ways to include CS into your classroom! Click here for the full guide.
APPS & WEBSITES
If you are teaching virtually, this is a perfect place to start. Send your students a list of free coding apps and websites they can download and use. Many sites have lessons that are easy to use and ready to go! Kodable, Code Karts, Code.org are some of my favorite and can range from K to upper elementary grades.
Have robots in your classroom? Using activity mats is an easy way to tie in curriculum topics while students program the robot. Students work in pairs to pick cards, and match the question to an answer on the activity mat. They then must program their bot to get to that specific spot. It gives the students more direction and structure while practicing various skills.
Code without a device and still teach your students problem solving skills. I review vocabulary terms with my students at the start of any activity. Simply print out these activity sheets or email them to your students. All you need is paper & a pencil to begin coding!
Here are some of my other favorite unplugged activities on Amazon.
This coding bundle has everything you need to get started this year!!!! These activities are low prep and easy to do across multiple grade levels.
NEW FOR 2020
- Flipgrid is offering some LIVE coding videos & grids your students can post to. Click here
- Include Artificial Intelligence in your coding chats. Check out the new resources.
- LIVE lessons from Code.Org all week long!
I hope you participate in the Hour of Code, and even go beyond just one hour!!! No matter how you choose to celebrate CS, know that you will be helping your students develop a deeper understanding of these important skills. Have fun, try something new, and CODE ON!!!!
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