Beyond an Hour of Code

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This month, classrooms all over Fayette County were part of the largest learning event in history- the Hour of Code! Learning how to code is not easy, but as many teachers saw first hand, it is highly engaging to many Continue reading Beyond an Hour of Code

Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History

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Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? The largest learning event in history and your students can take part! If the excitement of participating in a global event isn’t enough- you can win some fabulous prizes, too! The Hour of Code is part Continue reading Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History

Gaming and Coding – a STEAM Experience

I won’t give you the whole, boring story, but a couple of us at the Office of Instructional Technology were tapped by Tina Stevenson and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy to provide technology-rich experiences for a Continue reading Gaming and Coding – a STEAM Experience

Thinking with a 21st Century Twist

Last week, students across Fayette County were creating snowflakes with Elsa and Anna, figuring out how to get Flappy Bird through a series of pipes and tinkering around with other software programs designed to explore the elements of computer science Continue reading Thinking with a 21st Century Twist

Problem Solving – It’s Addictive!

Recently I had the privilege of teaching in several classrooms for the Hour of Code event (see last month’s TIPS post.)  No, I’m not a proficient programmer.  Although I had a couple of classes in college, so much has changed Continue reading Problem Solving – It’s Addictive!

Don’t Miss the Most Exciting Week of the Year! Hour of Code – It’s for Everyone!

Just a year ago, an international movement called Hour of Code began.  The concept is really simple… give kids an opportunity to experience coding for just one hour.  Computers aren’t even required! But the outcome can be phenomenal.  Last year Continue reading Don’t Miss the Most Exciting Week of the Year! Hour of Code – It’s for Everyone!