#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: 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
Join us for #KidsCanCode Education Chat EVERY Tuesday 8pm EST

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List

#KidsCanCode Chat: My Coding Wish List
Whatever your coding wish list is…I am sure it is very LONG. In this week’s #KidsCanCode Chat, we share our coding wish lists, and discuss how we can transform these dreams into a reality.
Chat Questions
  • Q1: What is a coding wish list?
  • Q2: SHARE: The items on your coding wish list.
  • Q3: What are the greatest challenges you face in making your coding wish list a reality?
  • Q4: SHARE: An epic tale of how an item from your wish list found its way into your classroom.
  • Q5: What are some ways to recruit the community to help make your wish list a reality?
  • Q6: How can you help a fellow teacher obtain an item off their wish list?
Join us Tuesdays 8pm EST for #KidsCanCode Education Chat 
Next Week’s Chat Topic: Programming Concepts for Elementary

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: Funding My Coding Dreams

Funding My Coding Dreams #KidsCanCode Chat
We all have a technology wish list…but where to find funding?  In this #KidsCanCode Chat we not only add to your wish list (unintentionally, I swear), but we come up with some great ideas for fundraising, finding grants, crowdfunding, and getting the $$$ you need.
  • Q1: What kind of tech are you trying to fund and for what purpose? #KidsCanCode
  • Q2: How have you targeted budgets within your school/district with available funds for tech? #KidsCanCode
  • Q3: What are some resources and methods for finding grants, awards, and sponsorships? #KidsCanCode
  • Q4: SHARE: Resources to help you write a grant proposal #KidsCanCode
  • Q5: SHARE: Your preferred crowdfunding site for classroom tech. #KidsCanCode
  • Q6: What is one important thing you learned from your last funding campaign? #KidsCanCode
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 🙂

#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!