My Code.org plan.
I am using the code.org Express Course for each of my MYP Design classes.
My main goal for each grade level is the same: To learn the basic programming fundamentals in an enjoyable way at the students own pace.
Year 11 will complete the Express course as homework with periodic unplugged lessons in class. They will be learning VB Net at the same time. Students will complete a reflective journal.
Year 9 and Year 10 will complete the Express course as homework with periodic unplugged lessons in class. They will be learning app Inventor at the same time. Students will complete a reflective journal.
Year 8 will complete the Express course and unplugged lessons in class time with a focus on key words.
The adaptable structure of the course makes it easy for me to customize my approach to each group. The immediate and easy to follow student progress section lets me see who needs help in lessons and who is making progress on their own. In addition it will inform my lesson planning if I see several students getting stuck in the same topic or task.
The lesson plans are detailed and will save me loads of planning time.
- What are you most excited about when it comes to implementing some of these resources?
I'm most excited to see if the students' initial enthusiasm is sustained over the weeks. I will check in their reflective journals to see if this is so.
- What challenges do you forsee in trying to meet your goals?
I might find it challenging to use the unplugged lessons with the older students, however, I am considering pulling small groups for these lessons as needed. I might find it challenging to teach a second language (VB and App Inventor) at the same time.
What questions do you have that this community might help you answer?
I need to give traditional exams. Are there any available?