My name is Karin and I live in rural Canon City, CO (Home of the Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River).
After spending the past decade teaching 8th Grade Social Studies, I went back to my Elementary roots but as a Lifeskills/Specials teacher! I am now in my second year of teaching K-5 Technology/Computers. (luckily kinders don't scare me as much anymore!) Last year was my school's first Hour of Code and we did it again this year, with every elementary student participating in coding! I'm interested in this community, as I want to learn about what other people are doing in their classrooms! No one else has picked up coding in my district, so I don't have folks to bounce ideas off of.
I tried coding back in the 80s with Fortran in HS and decided that was not something for me. However, last year, I started learning/understanding things a bit more going thru activities on Hour of Code and Bitsbox. I love watching my students progress thru frustration to excitement as their coding projects work. I have several students now using the Play Lab to create their own apps - talk about excited kiddos! I've only been dabbling with coding last year and this year. I really like the new format with code.org and setting up classes, following their progress, and the integration with Classroom. I attended a 1 day workshop up in Wyoming this past September and enjoyed the collegiality. I have an after-school elementary computer club and we've been working on Missions with Dash robots. I'm planning on launching a girls only coding club for 6-8th graders in January with the Girls Who Code curriculum.
Looking forward to learning more from all of you!