Thank you to everyone who faithfully voted for our student videos a few months ago.
“Be Yourself” took second place in the Promoting Character category.
“You are Special” took third place in the Celebrating Diversity category.
Each video won $200 for our technology classes. We are hoping to use the money towards buying a 3D printer! Thanks again for your support!
Recently, the middle school students completed a coding unit in tech class. They began by working through a series of lessons at the Code.org website. (Note: teachers can set up a free account and assign the lessons to the students. They include video instructions, so students can independently work through the lessons at their own pace. Teachers do not need to be an expert at coding – I let students take ownership of their learning and help each other if they got stuck on a solution.)
Once students had worked through lessons on code.org, it was time to transfer those skills to programing to the Tickle app, which uses block coding similar to code.org. I sent up a series of challenges for the students work through to program a Sphero robotic ball. Challenges included moving in a straight line to hit a target, drawing shapes, and programming a dance move.
As students worked they needed to document their thought process through their failures and successes. They also had lots of fun!!
At the end of each challenge, students were given a creative task where they came up with an idea for a related challenge and tried to program it. Finally, they wrote up a blog post which explained their thinking throughout the challenge and shared a screenshot of their solution. Here are a few links to examples of the student blogs:
The final challenge required students to program through tunnels and barriers and then through a maze that they had designed. These activities required complex programing, but were lots of fun!
Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)