Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hour of Code

This week is a very exciting week for students and teachers alike across the nation. Yesterday, Monday December 9th, was the Hour of Code Kick-off and what a day it was! After the morning assembly at George E Jack School, students got right to work learning to code with simulations from code.org and Apps like Kodable and Light-bot loaded onto iPads. I heard stories from teachers who noticed how students that don't normally shine during a school day were helping classmates figure out the solutions. It was amazing to witness how engaged the students were. At about 10:30 we learned that students would be going home at 1:00 due to a snowstorm. Yikes! We were planning on watching the live streaming with Gabe Newell at 1:00 and then be involved in the Bill Gates Live Video Chat at 3:30. Then the Jack Dorsey Video Chat at 3:50. What is a technology integrator to do except invite the students that were going to stay after school for the live chats over to her home? That is exactly what I did and fortunately most students lived close by to my home. We had a wonderful chat with Bill Gates and Jack Dorsey. 

The video chat with Jack Dorsey is embedded below and the Bill Gates video is not yet available. There is still time for you to get your students involved. Visit http://code.org/educate/hoc for more information on bringing Hour of Code to your school.

Highlights from Hour of Code at George E Jack School

Highlights from Hour of Code at HB Emery School

Highlights from Hour of Code at Edna Libby School

Highlights from Hour of Code at Steep Falls School

Presentation for the Kick-off Assembly
(Feel free to use the Prezi.)