Slaughter's Tech Moment
Need Something for those Elves to work on!
Another fun site for coding is PencilCode. It is an excellent way to play with code and learn through discovery!
If you have not tried Scratch, you should check it out. This is the site that even Harvard uses for teaching the fundamentals of programming. The remarkable thing is that it can be simple or complex. Again, it is a great way to get your feet wet with coding.
Christmas Coding Gifts for Kids
Dot and Dash
I love Dot and Dash! These robots are so adorable! We have a set at school and there is so much you can do with these bright and fun robots. When I bring them down the hall, kids get so excited. I giggle when Dash says, "Where am I?" Click here to see the website and get more information.
I still love the Sphero. Set up an obstacle course and have a challenge or even set up a miniature golf like game with the Sphero. Add in coding and make it more challenging. Click here to learn more.
This introduces kids to algorithms and coding in a fun way! This is packaged for ages 3-6, but our 2nd and 3rd graders loved using them as an introduction to coding and helped develop an understanding for Code.org and Dash. Here is more information for Code-a-pillar.
Dot and Dash
Edit Pictures for Projects
From making Christmas tags for my family to altering student pictures for writing prompts, I have enjoyed editing and playing with pictures. Students have made themselves into snowmen and much more. For one descriptive prompt, I took black and white photos of students and they had to describe a feature they liked most about themselves (eyes, feet, athletic ability, etc). Using the photos we discussed how words can paint a vivid picture in the mind of a reader. Pictures are a great way to bring fun and technology into a project.
Some great sites for photo editing:Fotor