Hour of Code 1

This has to have been the best Hour of Code I’ve been a part of yet. I’ve only done HoC with for three years.  I discovered it quite by accident as a member of a technology teachers ning but was excited at the idea. So my classes that year all did the HoC activity at code.org. Kindy and first completed it with me on the SMART board, 2nd began on the SMARTboard then moved to their own computers, while fourth and fifth completed the whole thing on their computers.  The kids were so into it that 2nd, 4th, and 5th continued with the Beyond Hour of Code lessons there on Code.org.

Last year we expanded into some of the other code.org HoC offerings as well as some of the Tynker offerings.

This year, online testing was scheduled in my district at the same time as HoC so some of our activities were online and others were paper programming. I have a bunch of pics I’m sharing and it will definitely take more than one post.

Kindergarten: Students wrote the program to get baby Flurb home to mom or dad on the maps I made.

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They then made their own flurb map (flurbs are furry little creatures that aren’t so smart) they then asked a friend to program the flurb to make it home, to mom or dad, to grandparents, some added steps beyond that. I had kindy kiddos asking others to program their flurb to pick up dad, go to the store to get food, then go home. It was awesome!

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As I don’t see third grade at all, and see only some of the fourth and fifth grade students, those grades were invited to come down with their buddy class to complete a programming activity.  On the days we didn’t have computers the kids did some keyboard programming. I was trying to find a way to combine keyboarding with programming so students were asked to be the computer first and follow the program I had created to find the secret message then they became the programmer and created a program for their own secret message

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KeyboardCode This is the master for this activity

and here are the secret message programs I wrote



keyboard code 1 keyboard code 2 keyboard code 3 keyboard code 4



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