I recently did a measuring activity with my first graders. The kids were so engaged. Please click on the below link to read more about it on my class blog!
With the help of an amazing teacher from Iowa, Leka DeGroot (follow her!!), I have come up with a collaborative coding project using Wonder Workshops Dot and Dash Robots! Here is how to participate!
Required App and Robots!
You will need...
Create the Board!!
Follow these steps as close as you can! To "decode" the secret words, our boards are going to have to be the same in dimensions. I tried to keep the creation easy while using materials you will find in most elementary schools and classrooms. So here is what you need to do:
Download The Secret Word Coding Sheet!
Now we need to send each other messages! Please download the following "secret word" decoding sheet! It will be easier if you print or copy double sided. The coding sheet has instructions at the top to follow.
The Question and Secret Word!!
Next, think of a question about your school, state, or country! Remember, it needs to have a short 1-3 word answer :) Then you just need to write the code for the answer to your question! Make sure to write the code out on the Secret Word Coding Sheet. You should probably test the code with your robots and Blockly app just to make sure too! Write the code like it would look in the Blockly app. See the picture below.
Hint: We were getting better results (with our older model Dot and Dash) when we changed the speed to slow! Running the code fast was not working as well ;)
After that, write an email to Mr. Lee! Please write the question in the subject line and attach your secret coding sheet to the email! Let us know where you are from and what grade you are in ;)
Mr Lee's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally TWEET us @mrleesbees to let us know you sent the code our way! We will tweet you back the answer and then send you a question back in an email! Let's do this!!
Coding is so much fun!
Mr Lee's First Grade Bees, Honolulu, HI
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Jake is a passionate and dedicated early childhood educator who truly values technology integration. He believes technology builds an open minded and entrepreneurial spirit even in our youngest learners. He has been teaching in the early childhood field for over a decade. His current educational technology focuses are coding, blogging, and digital storytelling. He has been a presenter and featured speaker at many national conferences such as ISTE, iPad Summit, and the South by Southwest Education Conference. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a certified Apple Teacher. He is currently an independent contractor working with students, teachers, and parents on engaging and productive uses of technology and mobile devices. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his husband and two sons.