Sunday, April 28, 2013

My 5th Grade Code-In Project

My first program written with Hopscotch.
I made the monkey draw a box around the bear!
We start our 5th grade Code-In this week.  I worked with 5th grade teacher, Bill Filsinger, to plan a five week project for his students where they will be introduced to computer programming using the free app Hopscotch.

Take a look at this Google Doc (you can comment on it as well) to learn more about the 5th Grade Code-In.  If you have suggestions or comments please add them by clicking "Insert" then "Comment".

My purpose for this project is two-fold:
Some of the coding language used
to create projects in Hopscotch

1) It is important to increase STEM related learning activities for students. Exploring skills and concepts related to computer programming and technology helps prepare students to be successful in college and career and exposes them to a field with growing job opportunities.

2) iPads are new to my school district and are primarily used for skills practice and content consumption.  These are excellent uses of the iPad, but they can do so much more.  Moving to content creation, information sharing and idea development will help students with the 4 C's (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication) which are essential skills in today's world.

This week (Week 1 of the project) I am bringing iPads for the students to use and they will be introduced to the app with a short video and demonstration.  Then they can explore and play for 20 minutes using Hopscotch.  I am having Apple TV installed in the room so students can share their creations wirelessly at the end of each session. In week 2 (May 7) I am hoping to bring in a guest speaker for a virtual chat about the field of coding and programming.  I am still looking so if you know someone who would like to talk with 5th grade students about computer programming please comment or send me an email!

Each week I will blog about my experiences with this project. I can't wait to get coding!
Do you code? Have you done a similar project with students?
Please share!