Make Your Appointment for Hour of Code - Don't miss the fun!
The new tutorial begins in a Minecraft world where sheep don't move, the chickens don't cluck, and nothing attacks: it’s a blank slate without movement or defined action. Over the course of an hour, students will bring this world to life using computer science. At the final level, they get to define the rules of Minecraft however they wish. If they want, the cows can lay eggs, sheep can explode, and zombies can run away from players!
If you used last year’s Minecraft activity, the new one provides a perfect way to expand your students’ knowledge of computer science. For new teachers, we are pleased to offer both tutorials, which require no experience to teach.
We’re thrilled to add Minecraft Hour of Code Adventure to our list of activities for this year’s Hour of Code. If you haven’t checked out the expanded list yet, there are tons of new activities that you can filter on our site based on grade level, experience level, subject area, and more. Find the perfect activity for your class at Hour of Code.org.
Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11, 2016) is almost here! Sign up your Hour of Code event here if you haven't yet and get ready to do the new Minecraft tutorial with your class! I recommend that if you plan to do Hour of Code with your students, even if I am coming to present it for your class, go out and sign up so that you can be accounted for.
Contact me at extension 1007 to schedule a time for me to visit with your class and do some coding!
The excitement contines - Hour of Code will include Disney's Moana!!!
Today Code.org and Disney revealed a new Hour of Code tutorial featuring characters from the upcoming Disney animated film Moana. We are thrilled to be able to offer this activity to you as you prepare to do an Hour of Code with your classrooms between December 5-11 to celebrate Computer Science Education Week—and no experience with code is required to teach it.
We’ve partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm in the past on Hour of Code activities featuring Frozen and Star Wars™ characters—some of our most popular ever, thanks to you. We were particularly excited that both of these beloved tutorials featured strong female characters—teachers used these to provide an introduction to computer science for female students around the world.
You’ve helped the Hour of Code reach 50 million girls, a milestone in female participation for computer science. Help us reach 50 million more with “Moana: Wayfinding with Code”!
The story of the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial centers around Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. As students follow Moana and Maui’s travels, they learn basic coding commands that help steer the boat. Along the way, students are introduced to conditionals, sequences and loops while they master the art of navigation. When Moana and Maui are suddenly attacked by the Kakamora – coconut-clad warriors—they must use their coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles and penetrate their defenses.
The “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial is available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian. Thank you to Disney for helping us give children all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.
Apple Coding - Introducing Swift Playgrounds
Learning to code teaches students how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. For first-time coders, we’ve introduced Swift Playgrounds, a revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning how to code interactive and fun.
You don’t need to have coding experience to get started teaching with Swift Playgrounds — we created a companion Teacher Guidewith activities, journal prompts, and more, as well as an iTunes U course with videos that bring the Teacher Guide lessons to life.
New badges for Swift Playgrounds are now available for coding concepts, Swift code, Swift Playgrounds, and bringing coding into the classroom. Earn all four, and you’ll receive an updated Apple Teacher logo featuring Swift Playgrounds so you can share your new recognition with the world.
Try the new Hour of Code challenge in Swift Playgrounds.* It’s a great way to get started learning and writing code. Sign up for free Hour of Code workshops at an Apple Store from December 5 to 11, or teach your own Hour of Code lesson with Swift Playgrounds and our free facilitator guide.
Swift Playgrounds app
Hour of Code Facilitator Guide
Hour of Code workshop at the Apple Store
MacBook Tips - The New Sierra Update
Two posts ago I featured tools that would allow students to create projects, such as brochures. A contact from Canva reached out to me and asked if I could share two links with everyone. So click here to check out Canva. Click here to go right to their brochure templates. Canva is a free tool. It looked very easy to use. If you are looking for creative ways for students to present information, I recommend you check out this site.
Another nice feature about Canva is that there is an iPad app. This allows you to create beautiful designs with your iPad. Click here to check out the app.
Nearpod is a great tool. There is a free version that can be used to get started. It's a simple tool to use and is very engaging. Nearpod has a great blog and for those who use Nearpod I recommend you check this out. Click here Nearpod Blog. Thank you to Dr. Rudisll for sharing this resource. This weeks blog explains 10 ways to integrate Google Apps. Click here to join the nearpod site.