I had the greatest year implementing coding in my first grade classroom. It was yet another teaching experience that opened my eyes to what children are truly capable of when given trust and opportunity.
The first video outlines how to "roll out" coding with some fun "unplugged" coding. Code.org has some amazing unplugged resources as well you can check out.
The next video highlights some of the gaming apps that focus on coding with young children. I utilize apps
such as Lightbot Jr, Kodable, The Foos, and My Robot Friend. The video also highlights how I use the students as teachers. I am still learning to code and program as well, so don't be afraid to let the kids take the lead every now and then. They pick things up so quickly and feel so validated and proud when they take on the role of teachers.
The third video will highlight one of my favorite apps Scratch Jr. It is the first app that actually allows young coders to create through code. They can code little games, stories, math problems, and even inquiry based learning. Check out some examples below!
Here is a Scratch Jr. "quick take" focused on storytelling in Scratch Jr.
Here is another Scratch Jr. "quick take" on using Scratch Jr. to show subtraction!
The final "quick take" is of a child coding out his learning of Bees using Scratch Jr.
The final two videos focus on our beginning robotics work with Wonder Workshop's Dot and Dash coding robots. The robots connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth and students can code the robots using Wonder Workshop's iPad app Blockly. These robots really brought our coding to LIFE! The kids actually got to code something and see the program run right in front of them! So Exciting! Check out videos where kids shared out their inquiry based learning and helped create a math game focus on addition using these awesome robots.
Hope this is helpful! Contact me with any questions you might have. If you would like to share any of these resources with your school, feel free to share my website address and/or download the attached resources flyer which has QR Code links to all the above videos.
With Tons of Aloha,
Here are some quick videos that highlight some hands on coding activities with kids. The first is what the "unplugged" coding game Robot Turtles looks like. This video shows my 5 year old son playing it.
The next example is what Bee Bots look like. The example below is again with my 5 year old son where we are working on the 1-10 number sequence using a Bee Bot and a game board we created out of copy paper.
From here, please scroll down to the next post where you can see more activities I have done with my first grade coders. The "quick take" videos will give a quick look into some cool activities we have done. Thank you and enjoy!
Aloha Coding Session Friends! Click on the images to download the apps for today's session! Get ready to code like a first grader!
Check out Make Wonder Robots here! They are so cool!
Please enjoy some resources for our tech-infused writer's workshop session today! Thank you for attending...
Downloadable Forms (Thanks Rebecca)
Green Screen Storytelling with Do Ink
Stop Motion Writer's Workshop with Lego Movie Maker
Writing Reflections in Explain Everything
For coding and storytelling, please check out my recent coding post for some coding/writing workshop highlights!
Here are the videos that were featured in my "Kids Can Code" session for the Kamehameha School Conference:
Scratch Jr. dancing to learn looping
We practiced an important skill in programming called "loops" by coding dances in Scratch Jr.
Scratch Jr. Subtraction Videos!
We coded to share out our learning of subtraction.
Coding an Inquiry Based Learning
Can kid's code inquiry based learning? Check out this kid's video sharing out his learning about the pollination process of Bees.
Scratch Jr. Storytelling
My students wondered if we could actually code a story! So we took a journal entry, structured a beginning, middle, and end, and then coded it is Scratch Jr. Check them out below.
Inquiry Based learning with Dot and Dash Robots!
Dot and Dash Addition Game
Hour of Code Dot and Dash Video
Here is a longer version of our Hour of Code video. It takes you through more of the process...
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