Thursday, December 11, 2014, we made our first attempt at Hour of Code 2014. Hour of Code is an optional enrichment assignment for my students. To organize the efforts of my students I created a group for them in Edmodo; which I used to survey them via the quiz feature and poll feature. Links to all resources were also posted there, though I just used Code.org‘s site as the main resource.
Due to scheduling conflicts we all agreed that the only two days this week that we could meet would be Thursday and Friday; with the majority of students only being able to attend one after school session. For our first day, I had two students stay after school, both have had experience with coding. They participated in CodeHS last year when they were in Middle School and this November they participated in a Hack Day, I was not the teacher of record for these activities.
The two students came in and jumped on the class iPads and off to Edmodo they went. Once in Code.org’s site they chose to use Litebot as the tool to complete exercises. The apps are/were free for Hour of Code. Both students were gracious enough to answer all of my questions about their coding experience as we worked through Litebot. They will actually be the main facilitators for this with other students, since they understand coding much better than I, you can see my previous post on this topic.
We were having technical issues with the school wireless that had crashed several times during the day and was currently running rather slowly. I handed off my iPad to a student and they worked on tasks while I tried to get Litebot downloaded on other devices. I was successful, but it took most of the time we had to get the iPads set up. This will make tomorrow easier, although it limited what we could do today.
We projected my iPad screen over the Apple TV, practicing for the larger crowd expected on Friday. Overall, they seemed pleased with the effort, they will be back for Friday’s session. For Friday, they can use other code apps to actually work on creating code, while my other students can focus on levels that match their ability level.
I hope to have more to post soon.