Tech at Orchard Hills School

Behind the Scenes With the DLC...

December 2014

Hour of Code!

Tustin Unified and Orchard Hills School participated in the Code.org annual initiative, Hour of Code! The Hour of Code was part of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. As Steve Jobs has said, "Everybody should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think". The Hour of Code aims to reach students by introducing them to the world of coding and computer programming. This year, Orchard Hills ad TUSD joined nearly 10 million students in participating in at least one hour of coding in the classroom. Students went to the code.org website and used a variety of coding platforms such as Scratch (developed at MIT) and free apps including Hopscotch and CargoBot. Students were engaged and excited about this awesome program- frequently exclaiming, "This is SO FUN!" and, "Can we do this EVERY DAY?!".
The Hour of Code is here

Fellow Spotlight: Christy Platt

Christy is a 5th grade teacher and Digital Fellow at Orchard Hills. She has been stretching herself to learn new ways to implement technology in her classroom. Recently, Christy developed a Haiku WikiProject for her students on Early Explorers. In her rubric, she incorporated new tools from www.classtools.net including Fakebook, magazine covers and movie posters. The students have had a blast utilizing new applications! Looking ahead, Christy is working with DLC Lauren to introduce the "Genius Hour" to her classroom!

Lauren's Tech Bytes