December 8-14 marked Computer Science Education Week and once again our students were thrust whole heartedly into the world of the programmer. Code.org and others put together incredible resources for those of us guiding both young and "old" into this uncharted territory. After last year, I thought they would be hard pressed to find a way to improve what they made available, but alas, I was wrong. This year there were more activities, more celebrities boasting of the benefits of learning code, and even encouragement and participation from President Obama himself. With over 90,500,000 participants, I would gather that there are many more that feel the way I do.
Students in grades K-12 participated in the Hour of Code at Rock Valley Community Schools. It was an incredible experience. I was in lower elementary classrooms, middle school rooms, advanced math classes, special education classes, industrial tech classes and more! You know that joy you feel as a teacher when kids "get it"? That spark of energy and excitement that gets you deep in your craw? Well, imagine getting to see it with each class that I went in. Another in a long list of perks of being a K-12 technology integrationist.
|A Foster Grandpa (aka my dad)|
|The "giggling grandma"|
|Even teachers learned code!|
I have the glorious benefit of being an instructional coach in addition to being the technology integrationist. I am constantly working with teachers to help them plan and develop lessons that help them reach the goals they have set out for their students and classrooms. You can bet that the lessons learned through our week of code will make their way into many discussions on how to best prepare our kids for their futures.
Interested in trying code? Don't want to be outwitted by our Foster Grandparents? Good luck. Give it a shot. http://studio.code.org/.