Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Second Graders Work on Hour of Code

Second graders in Ms. Salvati's second grade class worked on computer coding this week, using the Tutorials for Beginners at Hour of Code. Students begin by dragging and dropping code sequences onto a board, and then they run the program they've created. If there are problems, they receive hints about what needs to be changed. The programs, which begin with Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, begin very simply and then progress in difficulty, building on skills already learned.

Notable tech gurus like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates offer tips and encouragement in videos that are included in the programming.

Aidan said, "We're learning how to move forward and which way is left and right. We're learning how to make it repeat." Liam said he liked programming because "You get to do the maze."

Check out the site and give it try - programming can be lots of fun!

Tierra watches Abby A. navigate using repeating code for hints on how to complete her own program. 

Jaiden works on one of the beginning mazes.

Students work on coding puzzles as teachers observe and help as needed; from left are Chris, Ms. Krix, Elaina, Tierra, Ms. Hanna, and Abby A.