Code Week! 5-9 December, 2016

MS/HS Teachers and Admin are invited to try out coding and integrate it into classes during the week of 5-9 December.

Hour of Code was started by Code.org to encourage schools to include computer programming and computational thinking throughout the curriculum. This year they have added many new resources for a wide variety of abilities and interests.

Computer Science is Changing Everything!

A variety of activities and resources will be available and on display in the student lounge throughout the week. We are also coordinating visits by representatives from Microsoft, Yandex, and Google, who will be talking with students and demonstrating coding applications. Feel free to stop by the student lounge and in 2069(MS Lab) with a class to join in.

Better yet, try to integrate some code into your class during this week. Below are some suggested websites with a variety of ways to get started. Check them out! And definitely contact Devin or Paul for support. We’re happy to help.

Art – Processing(a site dedicated to coding in Visual Arts), CodeHS(Graphic Design with JavaScript), Fashion Design(Made with Code)

Music – Sonic Pi, ScratchMade with Code

Science – Scratch, Snap, VidcodeKhan Academy(SQL for databases)

Humanities/English/Social Studies – Thimble, Codesters, Globaloria,

Math – Scratch, Codesters, Wolfram Programming Lab, Khan Academy(SQL for databases)

World Languages – MIT App Inventor, Scratch(This link shows Russian-related projects; search for Spanish and French to find more.), Globaloria(click on Spanish instructions and write game directions in Spanish), Code.org (The entire website can be translated/viewed in Russian, Spanish, or French.)

For anyone: Code.org App Creator StudioMIT App Inventor, Thimble(web design basics), Code.org

Additionally, you should be aware of an effort by Google to get more girls into coding because “less than 1% of high school girls study Computer Science”:

Get involved!

5 New Technologies To Try

Sometimes it’s nice to get some direction towards new programs and websites. Here are 5 new items that were released this summer. Each picture links to the site, so check them out when you have a few minutes of spare time.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-11-56-pmYou can add it as an extension to Chrome so it’s available in your browser.

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-18-44-pmIt’s not available yet, but the hype is huge. Swift Playgrounds will be available for free sometime this fall.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-20-48-pmCould be a great tool to introduce to students as well, add valuable web resources that can be collected and read when there is time.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-23-24-pmOnly available for Apple products right now, but they’re working on Android.

*Images and content pulled from https://goo.gl/qFpruh