Pennridge Technology Spotlight
Do You Want to Get your Students Hooked on Coding?
When is it...What is it?
December 7-13, 2015
A week long celebration of innovation and inspiration designed to inspire learners of all ages to develop an understanding of computer coding. Schools or individual classrooms can sign up to participate in this worldwide campaign to promote computer science.
For more general information about Hour of Code - Blog Post from Education Technology and Mobile Learning
Who started it?
Hour of Code was developed by a code.org, a non-profit organization whose mission statement addresses the development of computer science in educational programs across America for all students, especially focused on increasing diversity within professional and academic fields.
Who should participate?
What if I don’t know how to Code?
The learning modules are designed for students to explore on their own, so you do not need to have coding experience. In fact, learning along with your students would be a valuable demonstration of the habits of a life-long learner!
What are some resources on Hour of Code?
Code.org content designed to educate and excite about Hour of Code.
Short activities to provide for students during the hour of code. These tutorials can be grouped according to interest and maturity level.
What if I don’t have access to computers?
Several of the tutorials provide activities that do not require a computer and focus on the relationship between text and digital connection. One strong example of such a tutorial is Thinkersmith’s My Robot Friends.
Are you interested? Want some help implementing?
Tools of the Month!
Free Avatar Creator
This link is for fun! Doppelme allows users to create a free avatar. The image can be embedded into websites, blogs, etc. The pictures included in our contact information were made with this program.
Cloud-Based Annotation Tool
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Flipped Learning Resources
TED-Ed has hundreds of free "lessons worth sharing" available for teachers to use and or modify for use with their students. Each lesson includes an engaging video, customizable activities, and discussion prompts. Topics range from "How to Write Fiction that Comes Alive" to"Footbal Physics."