Friday, November 22, 2019

Hour of Code - December 9-15

Hour of Code

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” During the week of December 9-15, schools all over the world will be devoting at least 1 hour for students to problem solve, critically think and use their creative skills...building 21st Century foundational skills. 

Here is a great graphic telling WHY coding is important for every student, Kindergarten through 12th grade.
10 reasons to teach coding

We recently worked with elementary level principals introducing them to Scratch -  and Ozobots. We chose the activity "Code with Anna and Elsa" to explore the concept of angles in math. We designed a storytelling literacy activity with the Ozobots. Debriefing after the activity, Principals' conversations revolved around almost every single one of these reasons coding is critical for our students that are listed in the graphic. We encouraged our Principals to go back to their school, plan a great week with their Technology and Learning Coach for their school to promote computer science and coding. 

If you are reading this and do not have a Technology and Learning Coach at your school, here is a list of resources matched with grade-level appropriateness that could help you start your journey. If you do not have experience with coding, there are coding programs/websites that teach the students through video and application during the hour of code. I think it would be great if you sat with your students trying the coding activity with them. Anyone can learn to code, at any age. 


Website
Ages
Type of coding
Cost
4-14
Block coding
Free
4-14
Block coding
Free
5-17
Python/Java Script
Core levels are free
8-16,
Block Coding
Free
13+
Java Script
Free
12+,
Python/Java/HTML coding
Free trial
13+
Block coding
Free
13+
HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Free
13+
HTML, CSS, Python, JavaSCript
Free courses
14+
JavaScript, Python,
Free
13+
JavaScript, HTML, CSS
Free

If you have a great, "free" resource that you use with your students and is not listed on this chart, please leave a comment below. We want to add it to our list to be sure it is up to date. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019


I love❤ these two new features in Google Drive, the new Priority homepage and Workspaces. Google is always adding things to increase your productivity.  I am always accessing the same files over and over again, so much so, I have bookmarked them. Unfortunately, the more I bookmark file the less screen real-estate I have in my Bookmark bar.  In swoops Google Priority homepage and Workspaces to the rescue.

Through machine learning, Google will list files on a new Priority homepage.  The files listed are presented in a carousel and the files presented here on the Priority homepage are files that have been recently edited, commented on or have had a share request.  You will see a preview of the file and what action has taken place on that file. This saves time on searching and locating files that are used by you in your My Drive or a Shared Drive you are a member of for quick access.

Google Priority is great but Workspaces is even better.  Drive will automatically suggest Workspaces to group files you access frequently.  You can also create your own Workspaces to easily group files you access around a related topic, like PD presentations, curriculum-related materials for class or weekly meeting agendas for quick access.  Whatever the need is you can create a Workspace to group those files for quick retrieval. 

Give these two new features, Priority homepage and Workspaces in Google Drive a whirl.  Now in a meeting, I can quickly locate a file and not have to weed through a search or navigate through a bunch of folders to find a file with the information I need.  Googles Priority homepage and Workspaces has saved me time and screen real-estate and for sure. To learn more click here Work smarter with the new Priority page in Drive.

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