#KidsCanCode Chat: Random Programming Questions Chat

#KidsCanCode Random Questions Chat

This week, it was time again for our favorite chat– Random Questions Chat! In this edition of #KidsCanCode we cover coding concepts, resources, unplugged activities, and PD.

Chat Questions: 

  • Q1: After Ss master programming/coding basics, what is the next logical step? Javascript?
  • Q2: How do you divide up the semester? By concepts, resources, etc?
  • Q3: What kind of PD do you offer teachers who are getting started?
  • Q4: Do Ss approach programming differently when it is introduced in an “unplugged” way?
  • Q5: How did you explain programming to your students when you first started?
  • Q6: At what point in programming education is it good to begin PBL?

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

#KidsCanCode Chat: Measuring Programming ‘Success’

Measuring Programming Success

Often, when programming solutions can be subjective, how do you define success? How do you assess students’ grasp of key programming concepts? This week we discuss how we can best measure programming success.

Chat Questions:

  • Q1: What key programming concepts do you teach?
  • Q2: How do you assess whether or not a student has mastered a programming concept?
  • Q3: How do you report/share your success with administrators/colleagues?
  • Q4: What do you suggest for Ss who are ready to move on to more advanced learning?
  • Q5: How do you measure your own learning when it comes to teaching programming?
  • Q6: When programming solutions can be subjective, how do you define success?

Join us next week for another Random Questions Chat. Submit all your burning questions that you need answered, and our #KidsCanCode community can deliver ➜ Ask a Question

#KidsCanCode Chat is every Tuesday at 8pm EST 🙂

#KidsCanCode Chat: Programming Concepts for Elementary

Programming Concepts for Elementary
We often hear that many want to get started teaching programming, but are a little confused as to what concepts to teach. Should I start with Sequence? How do I teach conditions? Where do I go from here? This week, we reached out to the #KidsCanCode community and came up with a ton of answers as to what programming concepts to include in your coding curriculum.
Chat Questions:
  • Q1: What coding concepts do you teach your elementary students?
  • Q2: What is the best programming concept to start with when teaching beginners?
  • Q3: What programming concepts and corresponding activities are best suited for grades 3-5?
  • Q4: How do you decide what coding concepts to include in your programming curriculum or coding club?
  • Q5: SHARE: An elementary coding concept you connected with a core academic subject
  • Q6: (PART 1) Share a programming concept you wish you knew more about.
  • Q6: (PART 2) How will you learn more about this coding concept? Suggested resources?
What do you want to chat about next week? 
We are always taking suggestions for #KidsCanCode Chat topics. If you have an idea, take a moment to share it with us –> #KidsCanCode Chat Suggestions
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Introducing the Kodable Programming Curriculum

Kodable Programming Curriculum for Elementary

When we founded Kodable, we made it our goal to bring programming to every classroom around the world. In order to make this dream a reality, we have decided to take the next step in teaching coding, and transition from a game to a complete programming curriculum. For those just starting out, developing your own coding curriculum can be a daunting task. That’s where we can help. From now on, all of our updates will work to provide teachers with all of the resources, materials, and metrics that they need to teach their students programming. Take a look at the exciting changes we have made so far.

New Features of the Kodable Programming Curriculum

In 2014, we heard a lot of awesome feedback from the Kodable Community about how to make Kodable even better. You spoke, we listened, and we are now thrilled to introduce the new Kodable Programming Curriculum.

Native Desktop Application (Currently In Beta)

Kodable Desktop Application

Kodable can now be accessed and played right from your desktop. Kodable Desktop works with any hardware, and syncs all student data to the cloud so they can resume their progress on any device.

Administrative Tools (NEW) 


Kodable School Teachers can now manage multiple Teacher Accounts from one Administrative Account. Invite existing teachers, create new accounts, and view all of your classes/students from one dashboard.

Redesigned Dashboard (UPDATES COMING THROUGHOUT MARCH)

Class Dashboard (New)

Easily manage, view, and track class/student progress from your Teacher Account Dashboard. See what standards your class has completed, and quickly identify students that are struggling.

Kodable Dashboards Assignments

Plan, organize, and access your lessons from the new Assignments tab. Create a custom lesson playlist, or use the provided lesson guides to help you conquer your first programming lessons.

Learning Guides & Curriculum Activities (SNEEK PEEK) 

Kodable Learning Guide: Sequence

Prepare to teach your students Sequence and Condition programming concepts with our revised Learning Guides. Make connections to programming concepts outside of Kodable with unplugged activities for your classroom.

Try our new Sequence Activity –>

In Case You Missed It: Recent Updates

Add More Free Students to Your Class 

Add up to 30 students to your Teacher Account

You can now add up to 30 students to your Free Teacher Account. Take full advantage of your Kodable Free Trial and add your entire class to begin saving and tracking student progress.

New Pricing 

Kodable Curriculum Materials

Pricing for Kodable is now simpler than ever.  Purchase a site license for your entire school at a single flat rate, and get access to the complete Kodable Curriculum– now and forever.

Fresh Website Design (NEW)

Kodable Programming Curriculum

Visit Kodable.com and take a look at our redesigned homepage. If you have not signed up for a Teacher Account, enroll in a Free Trial and begin teaching your students to code.

Kodable Web 

Kodable Web

You can now visit game.kodable.com to start playing Kodable anytime, anywhere, right from your Internet Browser.

 

Even more changes are on the way. Contact neal@kodable.com with any questions. 🙂 

 

#KidsCanCode Chat: Connecting Classrooms with Coding

Connecting Classrooms with Coding
In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat we are joined by @flatfuzzproject to talk about Connecting Classrooms with Coding! Why is it important to connect students with other classrooms and share coding stories? How have you connected your classroom with other programmers locally and globally? We chat about all this and more:
  • Q1: Why is it important to connect students with other classrooms and share coding stories? #KidsCanCode
  • Q2: How have you connected virtually with other classrooms and shared your programming stories? #KidsCanCode
  • Q3: How have you shared coding activities within your own building? #KidsCanCode
  • Q4: How can you make connecting with other classrooms a regular activity? #KidsCanCode
  • Q5: How do you connect coding activities to local or global issues? #KidsCanCode
  • Q6: Is it important to connect with the same grade level as your class? If not, what age/grade range works best? #KidsCanCode
Don’t forget to sign up for the Flat Fuzz Project to start sharing your coding stories!
Sign up for the flat fuzz project
Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat 🙂  

Learn to Code: New Sequence Activity

Learn to Code: Sequence

Teach your students the fundamentals of sequence with our new fuzzFamily Fever activity! Worksheets and directions are included and available for download below. Happy coding!

Overview

  • Time frame — About 30-45 minutes
  • The fuzzFamily has crash-landed on the planet Smeeborg and needs your help! Fill in the boxes below each maze with the correct commands and cardinal directions to navigate the fuzzFamily to safety.

Materials

  • Pencil
  • fuzzFamily Fever Handout (Download Below)
  • Kodable
  • SMART Board or Project (optional)

 

Learn to Code: Sequence Activity

We have more activities coming soon! Check back for updates. 🙂

#KidsCanCode Chat: Pushing the Limit with Coding

Pushing the Limit with Coding
How can we encourage students to think about coding concepts differently? How can we reinforce programming concepts and get students to think outside of the box? This week, we push the limits of teaching programming in #KidsCanCode chat.
*Insert bonus Salt-N-Pepa gif*
push it real good with coding

Chat Questions:

  • Q1: How do you create a classroom environment that encourages Ss to think outside of the box?
  • Q2: Do you ever teach the same coding concept in different ways? How?
  • Q3: How can you help Ss make the connection between coding and the real world?
  • Q4: How do you reinforce coding concepts?
  • Q5: SHARE: 5 of your students don’t understand sequence…How do you improvise and help them understand?
  • Q6: How will you “Push the Limit” with coding in the future?

Don’t be a stranger! Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat! 

#KidsCanCode: Random Coding Questions Chat

#KidsCanCode Random Questions Chat

It’s time again for another Random Questions Chat! This time around, we answer everyone’s most pressing questions including:

  • Q1: What is your ideal setup for collaborative coding look like in elementary?
  • Q2: What are your favorite coding projects for Ss to engage and excite them?
  • Q3: Where is the easiest/simplest place to start with kinder Ss?
  • Q4: How much learning vs. how much exploring in our second year of coding club?
  • Q5: What are the best hands-on products to use in teaching coding?
  • Q6: How much coding should one know before introducing it to their students?
  • Q7: Has anyone ever used Legos EV3 robotics?

Chat with us every Tuesday at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat! Next week: Funding My Coding Dreams

#KidsCanCode Chat: Squeezing Coding into My Curriculum

Squeezing Coding into My Curriculum
In this week’s chat we are joined by special guest moderator @tcarey98, who is here to chat about inquiry-based coding activities, making coding an ongoing project, and encouraging students to dive deeper into coding.

Join us Tuesdays at 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Chat!

#KidsCanCode Chat: The BEST of Coding Chat

The Best of Coding Chat

In this week’s chat, we share the BEST of everything! The BEST coding activities, BEST unplugged activities, BEST blogs, BEST paired programming activities, and so much more. 🙂

#KidsCanCode is off and running for 2015! Join us every Tuesday at 8pm EST 🙂