#KidsCanCode Chat: My New Year’s Coding Resolution

New Year's Coding Resolution
We are back with the first #KidsCanCode of the New Year! Happy 2015!  In this week’s chat, we reflect on the past year of coding, set goals and resolutions for the New Year, and brainstorm ways we will hold ourselves accountable for meeting our New Year’s coding resolutions.
#KidsCanCode is off and running for 2015! Join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST 🙂

#KidsCanCode Chat: BEYOND the Hour Of Code

Going BEYOND the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code was nothing short of amazing, but where do we go from here? How can we continue coding? What resources should we still use? Let’s chat!

Join us for #KidsCanCode Chat every Tuesday at 8pm EST! 

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Hour Of Code!

It's not too late to join the Hour of Code with Kodable

The Hour of Code is less than week away! Huzzah!

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.  And if you are just learning about the Hour of Code now, it is still not too late to join!

Everything You Need To Join the Hour of Code

Get Kodable for FREE and Start Today!

10 Things You Can Do In An Hour

Join the Hour of Code with Kodable

Looking for something to do for an hour? We have put our heads together and come up with a list of 10 great activities you can try!

1. Watch 1/3 of The Hobbit

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2. Listen to 16 covers of Shake It Off

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3. Get your photos developed

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4. Post an awesome Facebook status

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5. Watch all of the Likes roll in

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6. Participate in a Twitter Chat

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7. Get a six pack

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8. Call your mom

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9. Troubleshoot the WiFi network

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10. Participate in the Hour of Code!

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Learn how to join us for the Hour of Code!

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#KidsCanCode Chat: Sharing Programming With Others

Sharing Programming with Others
How can I encourage my colleagues to start teaching/facilitating programming? How can I get my whole school coding? We came up with a number of suggestions/potential solutions in this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat.
Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat!

Kodable Life Hacks: Accessing the #KidsCanCode Chat Archive

Tips and tricks to improve your Kodable Programming Curriculum

Did you miss a #KidsCanCode Chat? Do you have a question that you think we may have answered in one of our #KidsCanCode Chats? Well, I have great news for you…we have an entire archive of our past chats! And they are now super easy to find!

Our #KidsCanCode Chat Archive

Skim through some of our previous chats for resources, or check out/contribute to the #KidsCanCode Community Google Doc!

Don’t forget to join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode!

#KidsCanCode Chat: What Are You Doing for the #HourOfCode?

Hour Of Code #KidsCanCode Chat
The #HourOfCode is almost upon us!  Are you ready?  This week we talked about how are preparations are going, potential activities, and our experiences from last year.  Oh yea, and how awesome it is! Check out the chat below for some awesome ideas.
Join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for our #KidsCanCode Chat! 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Structured vs Unstructured Coding Lessons

Structured vs Unstructured Coding Lessons?
Joined by guest moderator @JackLawicki, we had a thought provoking discussion about the pros and cons of structured and unstructured coding lessons, and chatted about whether or not we should work to find a healthy balance.

Vote for next week’s chat topic!

Join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for our #KidsCanCode Chat!

#KidsCanCode Chat: Random Questions Chat

#KidsCanCode Random Questions Chat

I hope that you fastened your seat belt for this week’s chat!  In this latest edition of #KidsCanCode Chat, we answered everyone’s most pressing coding questions, and covered a TON of topics including everything from Ozobots, to Middle School programming activities, to encouraging authentic reflections.

Even more importantly, we created this incredibly useful #KidsCanCode Community Directory.

Looking for coding activities for 4th graders?  Check the directory.  Curious to see if anyone is facing the same challenges as you when implementing a coding curriculum?  Check the directory.

Even MORE importantly, add yourself to the #KidsCanCode Community Directory!

Help us create a more complete PLN and help those who may just be starting out our looking for help.

And as always, join us for #KidsCanCode every Tuesday at 8pm EST!

Kodable Life Hacks: ‘Getting Started’ YouTube Playlist

Tips and tricks to improve your Kodable Programming Curriculum

I have a confession to make. This is very hard for me to admit now, but I didn’t always complete the assigned reading when there was a movie available. 😯 What do Sense and Sensibility, To Kill Mockingbird, and Pride and Prejudice all have in common?

Yup, they are all movies too.
Regrettably, I didn’t recognize Jane Austen’s brilliance in my younger years…

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Why would I admit this on a blog read predominately by teachers? 

Because I have an amazing tip that is going to save you a TON of time! Thankfully, I have channeled my inner deviance here at Kodable HQ for the greater good, and helped to create some resources that are going to help you easily prepare your Kodable coding curriculum. 🙂

I just downloaded Kodable…now what? 

When chatting with teachers who are just starting to use Kodable, the most common question I get is the most obvious one, “What do I do next?”  At Kodable, we always recommend reading the Kodable Learning Guide, which still remains the go-to source for everything Kodable.  However, sometimes you just don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to sit down, read the whole guide, and begin prepping your lesson plan.  Or perhaps you are just a visual learner, and don’t want to waste time reading something that you might not retain.

Kodable’s Getting Started Playlist

If you fall into any of the above categories, I suggest you take FULL advantage of one of the most underused resources we have, our Getting Started with Kodable YouTube Playlist.  Here’s a little secret: ALL OF THE MAIN POINTS COVERED IN THE LEARNING GUIDE ARE ON VIDEO!

Quickly learn all of the programming concepts taught in Smeeborg including sequence, conditions, and loops:

Sequence in Kodable

Conditions in Kodable

Loops in Kodable

Looking for tutorials?

Confused or have questions about some of the teacher tools in Kodable such as setting up a class or tracking your student’s progress?  We have videos to help you with this too!

Creating a Class in Kodable

Tracking Student Progress in Kodable

Questions or comments? 

If you find these videos helpful, be sure to let us know.  Or if you think you would benefit from a video tutorial on another subject, we would love to hear this as well. 🙂