Sunday, December 15, 2013

Something's happening here-

It's been a while since I titled a post with this
And it's long past time!

"We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down"
--Buffalo Springfield
Last week, thousands of students participated in the Hour of Code. 
Twitter was awash in tweets sharing images and happenings at #hourofcode

And the students in Amy Musone's 3rd grade classroom in York, PA proclaimed:
We are kids who code! 

How do we code? We communicate through communicating, writing, problem solving, and collaboration. We know that we have to be exact when we write code. If we make a mistake, we need to go back to debug, or fix the problem. 

Why do we code? Writing code is important in everything we do. From using the telephone to using the thermostat to keep our houses warm or cool, it's everywhere!
 They traveled quite a journey into coding starting here; watch them as they try out the algorithms they had written into code:

But you don't have to take my word for it as they have been transparent in sharing each step of their journey  (including meeting with second graders, and  Skype calls with local and global experts who code) here and here in their tweets.

They debugged, they learned how to shorten their code, and they wrote code so the Angry Bird could catch the naughty pig and the puppy could go on an adventure.

And they reflected--
I think coding is my favorite subject besides recess and lunch but those aren’t really something that teaches you. I think coding is really fun because you have to like figure out the mystery like whats the code.  -Ella

“We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down”
There’s something happening here! Are we watching and listening?

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