Computer Science Education Week events run from December 9-15!
For those of you who like the Khan Academy, here are activities to engage your students in the Hour of Code this week.
I'd like to hear how you and your students participated and how you think it went. We are all at different levels but that just means we can learn from each other. How did your students respond to this event?
My students enjoyed the opportunity to include coding enrichment activities that allowed them to go beyond learning content that they will be tested on. I used Edmodo to post 2 videos I wanted them to view. I also posted a link to the website
Then I had them try the activity on http://code.org/learn
This activity incorporates science with technology allowing students to get a taste for programming with Hour of Code: Disease Epidemic!
The activity is designed to give students a first experience with Python programming, and has been specially designed for the Hour of Code. Students used the programming language Python to model a disease outbreak and solve the curious case of the glowing nose. Ends up being a cat that causes the epedemic and they see it in code. This is a good segway into the Anatomy unit for my Biology course- and also to my forensic science course- environmental forensics.
When time permits I may have them try this as a holiday introduction to JavaScrpt-
Wonderful teaching and learning full of relevance, problem solving, and rich discussion. What could be better?
Don't miss these resources for Computer Science Education Week! You'll be glad you checked them out.
Jonathon Wylie recently posted My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids! which you may wish to add to your resources for coding.