I asked for Shelby County librarians to share their 2016 coding stories via email. Here are some of their responses (slightly edited):
Penny Bland, Heritage Elementary:
Students work on coding in the library while having fun with Dash the robot.#heritagerocks pic.twitter.com/QvME87B0AU— Penny Bland (@heritageeagles3) December 7, 2016
Renae Orange, East Middle: "I have a personalized learning class I teach. We spent our time yesterday coding at code.org. Some of my students are exploring how to take what they learned to build a robot and program it."
Vicki Stoltz, Clear Creek Elementary: "I am introducing a few unplugged lessons for my K-1 classes with 4 little Bee Bots and some floor mats [see the video below]. Dash has also been a big hit with the older kids. Second through Fifth Grade students have been exploring bookmarked coding sites as well."
Jennifer Tinsley, Painted Stone Elementary: "The prior week, we discussed coding vocabulary and did a little intro with Angry Birds from the Code.org website. On Hour of Code week, we used mainly Angry Birds and Star Wars. So far so good! I've even heard from several students 'I want to do this at home'!"
Sarah Price, Wright Elementary: "Everybody is coding in the library all week long on activities found on Code.org (Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds) as well as iPad apps such as Kodable with our kindergarteners. I set up folders inside a Schoology Course with grade-appropriate choices to help them narrow down which program to click. I have been using a few fifth grade volunteers to help with the K-1 classes, and that has been working very well. Having the high school volunteers was nice last year, but I think it is even nicer to be using our own student leaders."
Of course, our teachers independently did their share of coding as well. Tina Eden (East Middle) tweeted out:
What better way to end than to share a tweet from Matthew Watts from Collins High School:Hour of Code in my classes @EastMSMissiles #HourofCode Kids programming games and making connections! #STEMscience pic.twitter.com/s1eprT8igW— Tina Eden (@Eden1Eden) December 8, 2016
That is our hope for Riley and others: that the coding we start at school becomes a passion they want to do at home and beyond.Mine craft hour of code continues at home. Riley is trying to cut down all 3 trees, level 4. @watsonedtech @JohnR_Leeper pic.twitter.com/RRDc7xwYfd— Matthew Watts (@mjwgolfer) December 7, 2016
Thanks to all who encourage their students and children to code, last week and every week!