Hour of Code: Tales from the Classroom

Many students around Fayette County participated in Hour of Code back in December and their teachers have shared ways they implemented the resources in the classroom. We will be sharing their stories over the next few months!

From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Kim Overstreet, a technology resource teacher and STLP Coordinator,  shared how the STLP group at PLD incorporated Hour of Code into Techiepalooza, an evening for middle school students to learn different technologies from classes taught by PLD high school students. While Hour of Code is in December, these STLP students explore ways to create with code often, and share their knowledge with others throughout the school year!

WP_20151211_002“We held our first Techiepalooza event of this school year on Friday, December 11th from 6:00-8:30. We offered a variety of classes including Java, RPG Maker VX Ace 1 & 2, and HTML 1 & 2. Middle school students from FCPS and private schools attended the classes that were taught by PLD STLP students. ”

The middle school students really enjoy Techiepalooza!  Mrs. Overstreet stated the students were “very excited about what they learned and expressed an interest in coming back to future events in the spring semester.”  One parent let her know how much they appreciate the evening as well with a comment, “Thank you for this learning opportunity for activities in technology.”

Eddie Mullins, an English teacher at Dunbar, also participated in Hour of Code.  He gave a nice shoutout to his school technology resource teacher, Kim Overstreet, for helping him out with this endeavor!IMG_6999

“My classes programmed code for games using Scratch,” Mr. Mullins shared.  Scratch is a free creative computing software from MIT. His AP Senior Lit students created quiz games in using Scratch to review literary elements of the independent reading novels they had just completed. The sophomore English students participated as well!  “Sophomore English students created quiz games for grammar content they had just learned in class (correct pronoun case usage).”


The Office of Instructional Technology awarded three Fayette County teachers with a $500 Classroom Technology grant for participating in Hour of Code!  Congratulations to the following classroom teachers:

Elementary School: Matt Olsen, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary
Middle School: Nathan Lockhart, Tates Creek Middle School
High School: Eddie Mullins, Paul Laurence Dunbar High

If you are interested for learning more about how you can use creative computing in the classroom and move your instruction beyond the Hour of Code, please plan to join other educators and community members at our KY Scratch Educator Meetup on Jan. 30th from 10am to 12pm at Awesome, Inc. in Lexington, KY.  Register to attend here.

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