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December 5, 2018

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It's NEVER too Late, Get into the CODING Action!

BABY It's CODE Outside!! Resources curated for Hour of Code and Beyond! Several from @KarlyMoura and @nadinegilkison with new hyperdocs within!

Computer Science EDWeek and Hour of Code 2018 - this week (Dec. 3-9)

In celebration of Computer Science EDWeek this week (Dec. 3-9). We applaud the efforts of our teachers to engage students in coding activities. Here are some of the ways our teachers are coding this week:

"We will explore CargoBot." ..... Jacquelyn Cobb

"We will be learning to code with different apps on the computer and ipads, as well as coding with Dot and Dash robots." ..... DeShea Kueber

"In my yearbook class we will complete the hour of code create your own font activity. The students will have the option to save the font and use it in the yearbook." ..... Erica Thomas

"We are going to do Dance Party as our initial activity then on the last week of school we are going to do do a Ozobot activity (reindeer landing pad)

Also, I thought we would use some Hour of Code digital breakouts off and on as activities after Hour of Code week or during that week.

Here they are if you don't have them yet or if you want them." ..... Michelle Johnston

"Using basic block code for creating dance moves for an elf like character. Website is . . Discussed how video games are a construction of block codes that tell the elf what to do. Free style dance time to create a series of dance moves. A very simplistic look at coding, but tied to to the exact steps to solving Algebra equations.

Then we looked at the second game of Present Bounce.. ( more detailed in what the sequence needs to be and how just a little movement or angle can make all the difference----just like paying close attention to the positive and negative signs is crucial for solving the equation." .... Amy Hueftle

Hour of Code Digital breakouts

Code your way out

Crack the code


Robot Breakdown

Don't forget to fill out the Google Form below and tell us about your coding activities this week! Also, check out the Hour of Code Participation Guide for 2018. (Thanks to Nicole M Zumpano, NBCT Regional Educational Technology Coordinator Learning Technology Center of Illinois @nmzumpano)

LET'S WIN THIS!!! - Another Opportunity from Nextech!

Hello All!

CS Ed Week is this week! We know that this is a busy season for many educators, but we want this week by joining together to celebrate something that impacts so many lives.

Here are a few highlights to keep in mind for this week:

  • Nextech will be having a #HourofCode video competition on twitter! The rules are simple. Take a video of your #HourofCode activities, post the video to twitter with the hashtags #HourofCode and #CSforIN and tag @nextech. We will be reviewing the videos all week and will choose a winner on Dec. 7 at noon. The top video will receive a classroom prize pack!
  • Didn't have the chance to give on #GivingTuesday? No worries! You can still donate or sign up for the Round Up App both are very easy. All donations go towards achieving the mission of Nextech.
  • Do you want to get up to date news on whats happening with the CSforIN movement, topic specific professional development and other CS resources? Sign up to support the CSforIN movement!

We can't wait to see your dance moves! ..... Nextech

Pam would be happy to do the video entry for you! Just let me know!


Try this one from!

Code your own dance, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and more!
This year we collaborated with Amazon Future Engineer* on a very special tutorial, Hour of Code: Dance Party! We’ll get classrooms moving as millions of students code and dance to 30 hits from top artists. Even adults can enjoy this uniquely creative activity – whether you’re an experienced coder or a newbie, check it out.

Earn the Twitter Badge!

Join Diana Gill and Pam tomorrow night at the IDOE #INeLearn TwitterChat to discuss

The Gift of Coding!

It begins at 8:00pm CST!

Don't know how to use Twitter? Let me come and share before tomorrow evening!!

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John Spencer's Writing Prompts

John has created a website with all his video writing prompts. Why not take advantage of this tremendous resource?

John says, "I recently created a website with all of my video writing prompts. You can find it at "

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Joining the Breakout challenges this past week were Brenda Zoller's fifth grade.

From Michelle Johnston's 6th Grade

6th graders were given a choice board made on symbaloo for hour of code today at :
Many of the students who chose Dance party lesson were so excited and focused they could barely stay in their seats. Pictured here, Val in my second period honors class is a example of the excitement.

The students also watched some inspirational videos as a hook to the hour of code that they loved at: and https// Or at
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De'Shea Kueber's First Grade

"We tried out block coding with"
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Officer Gonzalez showing Angela McNamara's primetime forensics how to lift prints.

Angela McNamara

7th grade class:

During our energy unit on kinetic and potential energy, the students were to design a model that would mimic a precious (breakable) cargo drop. They were supposed to drop it softly and control where it landed. A glass Christmas ornament was the precious cargo on the model. Some didn't even make it to the testing phase.

From Erica Thomas

My yearbook students creating their own fonts and graphics during today’s hour of code. They really enjoyed it!
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Semester II - Twitter Book Chat

Beginning in January, we will be hosting another Twitter Book Chat where you will have the opportunity to earn PD points for participation, learn more about building a culture of innovation, collaborate with MSDMV peers, and chat with, author of Pure Genius, Don Wettrick and his daughter, Ava Wettrick!

We invite administrators and staff to join this opportunity. Be with us for all virtual chats or come when you can! The more you attend, the more PD points you earn.

Our first Twitter Book Chat will be from the SHARP Lab for anyone new to Twitter chats. This will help you get comfortable with Tweetdeck and Twitter Chats!

Don will be with us, virtually, for most of the chats, and his daughter is planning on joining us at all our chats!

Each chat (#MVeLearn) will be on Thursday night (7:00pm) for an hour before the #INeLearn state chat (8:00pm)

  • Jan. 10 - Chapter 1 - Why Innovate?
  • Jan. 17 - Chapter 2 and 3 - Creating a Culture of Innovation and Leadership / There is no Plan
  • Jan. 24 - Chapter 4 - Six Building Blocks of Innovative Learning
  • Jan 31 - Chapter 5 and 6 - Social Media and Teachers / Social Media and Students
  • Feb. 7 - Chapter 7 - Getting Started with Social Media
  • Feb. 14 - Chapter 8 - Opportunities are Everywhere
  • Feb. 21 - Chapter 9 - Student Voices (Special Guest Ava Wettrick)
  • Feb. 28 - Chapter 10 - Moving Forward

If you want to join this Innovative opportunity, Please fill out the Google Form below to get your copy of the Pure Genius book for your Holiday break!
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