Hour of Code Supports Computer Science Curriculum at Bronxville School

Hour of Code Supports Computer Science Curriculum at Bronxville School


For this year our, third year
consecutively of doing the hour of code, we’re continuing to get a hundred
percent participation in the elementary school. We have grade level appropriate activities. The kindergarten and first grade are doing an Ipad app called coda pillar that also has a physical component caterpillar that you can put
together to move throughout. We have our second grade is doing a bits and blocks.
Using Legos on the screen it is a lot like their scratch jr. curriculum. Time to switch. Raise your hand if you’re the driver. Raise your hand if you’re the navigator. Switch! We have third and fourth grade that are
engaging in the traditional hour of code on code.org and they’re using the newer
programs that are out there. Fifth grade did switch playgrounds so they’re using
iPads they’re using a special program that’s learning the Swift language which
in the high school there’s an app design club or an app design class that is
doing that as well. Our middle school has a variety of activities they’re learning
how to develop apps they’re learning how to code over video using vid code and
they’re also engaging in code monsters or code battle so there’s a block based
programming turning into JavaScript so we’re bridging that gap between block
based and text based languages. Over the past three years we’ve developed a new
computer science curriculum for our elementary school. We consider it the new
literacy because we feel that students need coding in their daily lives if
they’re going to compete in a 21st century world and this hour of code
really helps to get people energized. The our code activities are also different
from our regular curriculum but they all support it in one way and so the
students are able to see connections across even though this is a special
week they’re doing similar things and exploring similar concepts and what
they’re learning in school and their school work the school curriculum is also
attached to their everyday curriculum. So we’re just showing that computer
science is really the new literacy and why the hour of code is so important.

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