On Friday, December 12, Elementary North students participated in the Hour of Code. This is the largest worldwide education event and is sponsored by the Computer Science Education Week program (http://csedweek.org/about). Students learned how computer programming works, as well as the concept of programming is really all about problem-solving and logical thinking. This learning benefits all subjects because it teaches students how to think through a problem in Reading, Math, Science, Music, etc.
Many of your children likely came home on Friday wanting to know if they could get the Kodable app (https://www.kodable.com/why) or the Lightbot game. Both of these resources are free.
Kodable is available as an iOS app (Apple devices only) and is geared toward early elementary students or pre-readers. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kodable/id577673067?mt=8
Lightbot is available as an app for iOS, Android, Mac OS, and Windows. There is a free “Hour of Code” version at http://lightbot.com/hocflash.html.
Lightbot also has a “Junior” version for younger users.
Other resources are available for teaching your child how to code at http://www.code.org. Thank you to all of the parents, middle school student volunteers, administrators, and teachers who came out to visit or participate in our Hour of Code.