Anyone Coding in Elementary?

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  1. TamiJ

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    Our school has very much been promoting coding (especially when we were doing the Hour of Code, but we have extended beyond that). So, I found a great iPad app called Kodable, and my class loves it! I only have 5 iPads, but it works great because I have been using it as a math center, so only a group at a time actually does it. Anyone else doing coding with their kids? if so, what are you doing?
     
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    I believe my students learn coding in their computer class. But that's all I know about it.
     
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    I do hour of code, and I keep the resources available for students to use at home or at school. I don't have time to make it something regularly scheduled though.
     
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    After a good friend who happens to be a computer programmer said her personal belief was coding should be taught as early as 1st grade (she feels it helps with math skills) I've wanted to do it.

    I'll check out that app.
     
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    I include it as a math center due to the fact that it works on reasoning and logic..The kids really have to think! You can see their little wheels turning as they work at it. It's a great app.
     
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    I've used the apps: Daisy the Dino, and Hopscotch with my 6th graders, but it can certainly be done with younger kids.
     
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    I have heard of Hopscotch, but not Daisy the Dino. I'll have to check it out.
     
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    For particularly interested kids, MIT's Scratch is really good for teaching coding -- not hard to learn, you can build little graphical games and things with it, and it does really teach coding concepts.
     
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    My fifth graders with the nonprofit I taught for last summer coded. It was actually one of our "specials." They loved the Lego Fix the Factory app!
     
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    What age or grade level?
     
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    Scratch can be used with just about any age and it is pretty fun... It doesn't have a very good intro though...

    I actually prefer www.code.org It has an excellent "code with Anna and Elsa" intro that works very well and teaches the students basic coding.

    Adam
     
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    Nice, though "Anna and Elsa" is pretty gender-specific -- in that I'm pretty sure while girls often love it, boys have a pretty universal turn-off reaction to it (and to "Frozen" generally).
     
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    We have been using Scratch online and Scratch Jr. (on the iPad) for 3rd grade and up to great success. (My wife and I have a podcast episode on how to go beyond the Hour of Code if interested).

    Kodable, CargoBot, Hopscotch, Lightbot are heavily used on our iPads and Khan Academy for older kids.

    You may want to check out Robot Turtles as it teaches children as young as 4 years old "how to code." And what's amazing, its an actual board game!
     
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    This is an oldie post but goody.
    Any new ideas for coding? Anything hands on?
    Tynker is popular on ipad for us and we were given a Sphero Ollie for the classroom.
     
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    Hi,

    Code Monkey Island is a good board game we use now along with Robot Turtles. I'm also a huge believer in Scratch and use it with my 3-8th grade students for their core subjects... They animate math, stories, science.. i do have a tpt store about this here and here where i create student challenges that scaffold on each other if interested. But there are many various videos on Scratch on Youtube as well.
     
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    My students are still doing Kodable and in technology they use some sort of robot....I forget its name right now.
     
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    Ozobot? The coding club at my school used these.
     
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    My 5th graders are doing coding with code(dot)org, Dash and Dot by WonderWorkshop, and using Sphero 2.0 ball and Ollie. I love to incorporate coding into the classroom as much as possible. Obviously I have other subjects to teach as an elementary teacher so coding is just part of my curriculum.
     
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    Bee-bot!!! That's what it is.
     
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