For the third year in a row Riverside Elementary participated in the Hour of Code. What is that? According to their website, “The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week was December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.”
Mrs. D started doing Hour of Code lessons with Kindergarten and 1st graders the week before and during this last rotation she worked with 2nd-5th graders on it.
2nd graders did the Plants vs Zombies tutorial and the latest Minecraft tutorial. 3rd through 5th graders went through the first few stages of the Moana tutorial with Mrs. D in class. Then they had lab time to choose any coding tutorial on the Hour of Code site. Mrs. D also showed them how to filter the tutorials for the appropriate grade level since the site is pre-school through 12th grade.
It was fun to see how students worked together and problem-solved the coding activities. It was also great to see classroom teachers like Mrs. Strehlow continue the coding lessons. Her Kindergarten students had a blast using ScratchJr on their iPads!