This week isn't so much a tip, but features an activity.
December 8th-14th is Computer Science Education week and our school district is participating in the Hour of Code. Even if you don't know how to code, studio.code.org offers different courses and activities to introduce block-based coding. I was not sure how I would feel about learning how to code, but now I am hooked! It enforces Common Core Standards as well as critical thinking & creativity (two of the four 21st century skills).
There are many activities and courses to Choose from. One you can do in about 10-15 minutes is create your own Flappy Bird game. This classic game allows the player to click the mouse to flap Flappy Bird's wings to try and navigate the obstacles. Code.org allows the user to customize the sprite (Flappy Bird, not the drink), the setting, sound effects, speed, and the rules. Below is the before and after including both links to make your own game and to play my holiday themed game.
You can choose to login by creating an account or by using your Google, Facebook, or Microsoft accounts. This will allow students to save their progress. If you complete the activity, you get a Certificate of Completion.
Give it a try! I know you will like it and have some fun!
~The IT Persin, Carol
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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