In honor of Computer Science Week, students at Woodville have been participating in the Hour of Code the past two weeks. This computer programming initiative allows students to immerse themselves in learning how to create technology, not just use it. Hourofcode.com explains, "The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered." Click here to watch an inspirational and informative video about Hour of Code.
In addition to the various coding activities found on Hourofcode.com, younger students have used Made with Code to animate their own monster and create a dance for it! Third and fourth grade students have also had the opportunity to program OzoBots. Working in groups to design a library map, third and fourth grade students then write a code for the OzoBot to follow throughout their library map.
I am excited to build upon these introductory coding skills later in the year when students will build their own program from scratch, using Scratch!