My name is Kevin and I live in Northwest Indiana. I am the technology instructor for three elementary schools Pre K - 6th grade. At the start of the year, I was handed a copy of the new state and national standards and told to get the kids prepared. We have desktop computers in the computer lab and Ipads 1:1 to work with. A few websites were discussed, including code.org. Some of kids had done Hour of Code, plus a few levels of coursework, the year before. We jumped right into code.org full time. I attended a one day workshop in early December, then decided to go back to school for IT and Business Management. I am enrolled at Purdue Global. Love it!
I kept them on coursework most of the time, but, let them explore the Hour of Code tutorials for fun. They don’t get grades… They work for freetime. If they work hard and complete several puzzles, I let them do whatever they want for the last 10 minutes. Right before the holidays we worked on creating and remixing projects to post online and send to parents, over the phone. They loved that. The second semester, we switched gears a bit, and worked on typing skills. Now, I am letting them choose a website that involves coding. Next year, we will try a little more structure with code.org in the regular teacher classroom. Over the summer we are putting in a new maker space and supplying it with… anything we can! lol right? State test scores made a significant jump from fall to spring… so that’s good…
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