After I got the LightBot group started in my classroom, I was lucky enough (thanks Ms. Nishizawa and Mr. H!) to walk around the middle school to see Hour of Code in action.
The fourth floor (and Black Box Theater) of Canadian Academy has never been so quiet… but in a good way. I loved walking around seeing your faces all concentrating and engaged in coding! You all programmed.
It was a great experience for me – both watching you and coding myself.
What I’d love from you, now… a response to ONE of the following questions:
What did you do in the Hour of Code?
What did you learn in the Hour of Code?
What now? Are you going to continue to code/program on your own?
(If you remember, or took note) How many lines of code did you write?
I wish it wasn’t on the last day before a three week vacation, so our momentum isn’t broken. It is my job to keep it going, for sure. I think for the last activities trimester, I will lead the Computer Science Club. Remember, Grade 7 & 8 Designers, you have an Open Design Project for your last unit, so you can choose to create anything following the Design Cycle. If you are interesting in doing more coding, keep that in mind for April – May!
I think I can safely say that all of you have played an app or a video game at least once in your life. As your Design teacher, I also want you to CREATE and not only use/watch/play with other people’s creations.
If these kids can do it, why can’t you?
What would you create if (when) you learn how to program?
What’s an app or a game or software that you wish existed that could provide an opportunity for someone else OR solves a problem OR is something that would just make life easier or more fun?