Day 66 (of 187) thank you @hadip @codeorg #hourofcode
Every year it’s kinda the same thing: really? You want my class for a whole hour? To code? My class is too (young/wild/non-techy/ etc) to code. But I know to trust the process…and admittedly deviate a bit from Hadi’s starting point.
I was an early adopter of code.org and the Hour of Code and have done “whole class – same activity” before as I freely admit that his site makes exploring coding language very easy for users of all ages! And I love when kids share what else they’ve coded on MITs Scratch and more!
But I also have tossed in a dose of differentiation into my Hour of a Code – but it’s led to everybody finding something to connect with that encourages a coding mindset. But they have to “try” and not just “rely” on one activity. And of course local “experts” help make the experience very collaborative; from showing how to use the AppleTV button to secret levels on Mario to using wires with Snap Circuits. But then I’ve always found my most-tech infused classrooms have been the most collaborative.
So as science week continues, I hope more and more people take a dip in the virtual ocean – it’s why on T(ec)hursday I like to add new/more games: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/virtual-assignments/
And join the more than 3000 Canadian sites and over 200,000 worldwide sites exploring code….at least for an hour! (Or as I heard from some “can we do this everyday? – because we could….)
So thank you Hadi – I may have gotten here eventually, but I would not have been as risk-taking without your encouragement and support!