It has been an incredibly long time since I've blogged, so I am playing catch-up.
The second week in December is the Hour of Code Week. This is a global celebration and awareness of computer science. This past year, over 200 million students participated in the Hour of Code. Basically it's "field day" for the entertainment technology teachers.
The past two years, our schools have participated in the Hour of Code, and even had school-wide celebrations. I love giving the classroom teachers, parents, and administrators an opportunity to see what what students are learning in my classroom.
My friend Chris Beaman, who is a local programmer, came and spoke to the students about the importance of computer science, and how young students can change the world with their skills. After he spoke, students had the opportunity to play Minecraft on Code.Org. My students are HUGE fans, so they were extremely excited to have the opportunity to play. We also got to showcase some of our robots, and showed the teachers how we can use angles to bowl with them. As one of the kids said, "This is the best day ever." I am very fortunate that computer science is not something that's just taught once a week. I am thankful to teach these skills to students every day.
Sometimes I forget to take pictures because I am so busy. Here's some posted on our school facebook page by one of our fabulous PTA moms!
Click here to see video from a local news station about our Hour of Code week celebration.
Last week, we celebrated Digital Learning Day. Since our school system was one of the first in the state to have a digital curriculum, we were invited to the Digital Learning Day event at our State Capitol. We had a great time showcasing our school system, and the innovative ways our students are learning. Thank you Karen Porter from the state department for the picture and for supporting my ideas and beliefs in education and innovation.
Several weeks ago, I had an organizer of EdCamp Global contact me about doing a student showcase on our program. I thought it would be a great opportunity for our students, and I'm so glad that I agreed. I chose a few fifth grade students to join me in our google hangout, and it was an amazing experience for us all. We as resource teachers don't always get to see how students are applying what they are learning in our classroom in other places because we're not with them every day. I loved hearing how they are using ETA skills in math, science, and even reading. It was a treat for me to watch them. We had over 30 people participate in our google hangout. Thanks to all those that watched, and to my awesome fifth grade students for showing the world how we are using creativity, innovation, and technology in Huntsville City!
I teach ETA for HCS. I am passionate about game-based learning and coding. Long story short, I'm a tech geek! :)