#KidsCanCode Chat: Demystifying Coding

Demystifying Coding

Why is coding often perceived as being overly complicated? What can be done to demystify coding in your school? These are the topics of discussion in this week’s #KidsCanCode programming education chat. 🙂

Chat Questions:

Q1: SHARE: The first thought you had when looking at a line of code for the first time.

Q2: How did you get started teaching CS?

Q3: Why do you think coding is often perceived as being overly complicated?

Q4: PART A: What do you find most intimidating about teaching/learning CS?

Q4: PART B: What have you done or can you do to make these things less intimidating?

Q5: What have you done to demystify coding in your school?

Q6: AGREE or DISAGREE: The hardest part about teaching/learning CS is simply getting started.

Don’t forget to share your current coding projects and basic information in our #KidsCanCode Community Directory! We would like to create a great networking resource! 

#KidsCanCode Chat happens every Tuesday at 8pm on Twitter! Join us next time!

#KidsCanCode Chat: Educator Identity

Educator Identity

We all come from different educational backgrounds, teach many subjects, and have varying responsibilities–but we do have one thing in common. We all teach CS/programming! Let’s chat about our roles as CS educators.

Chat Questions:

Q1: PART A: What subject do you teach? Classroom/homeroom teacher, special area, CS, core subject? #KidsCanCode

Q1: PART B: What is your educational background? #KidsCanCode

Q2: PART A: How much of your responsibilities consist of programming education? #KidsCanCode

Q2: PART B: Is coding part of your lesson plans, or something you added because you wanted to? #KidsCanCode

Q3: PART A: Why is it important for students to learn to code? #KidsCanCode

Q3: PART B: How would you define your role as a CS educator? #KidsCanCode

Q4: How do you define success as a CS educator? #KidsCanCode

Q5: Where do you go for your PD? How do you connect and/or collaborate with other educators? #KidsCanCode

Join us next Tuesday at 8pm for #KidsCanCode Education Chat! 

New Kodable Dashboard is Live

Exciting news from Kodable HQ! After finishing up some major updates to Kodable Web, we are ready to release our new Teacher Dashboard! As of this moment, our new Teacher Dashboard is live and available for Public Beta in your Kodable Teacher Account.

To start using the new Kodable Dashboard, follow these instructions:

1. Visit Kodable.com

2. Log into your Teacher Account

3. Click on link in the header to try the new dashboard!

Kodable Dashboard Public Beta

4. Presto! Welcome to your new Teacher Dashboard!

Kodable Dashboard is ready to use

What’s new on the Teacher Dashboard?

Our new Kodable Teacher Dashboard is loaded with a ton of new features to help you with get the most out of your Kodable Curriculum.

View CCSS Standards in Progress and Completed

You can complete many CCSS standards using Kodable. Take a look at what standards your students are working on, and which ones they have completed.

CCSS Standards in progress and completed

View Lessons Completed

Quickly glance at your class’ progress and see what lessons they have yet to complete.

Quickly view your progress

Manage Administrator Access

Kodable School account holders can now easily manage their school’s Teacher Accounts from a single page.

Manage your teacher accounts as an administrator

View Assignments and Curriculum Resources

Introducing the new Kodable Curriculum! Learn Sequence, Conditions, Loops, Functions, and Debugging using Kodable’s learning guides, unplugged activities, video tutorials, and lessons.

Assignments Tab in Kodable

View and Edit all of your students

Quickly view and edit all of your students in every class from a single page.

View All Students and make bulk changes

 Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

 

 

#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: 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

#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: 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: 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 🙂