You don’t need Ozobots to learn how to use them. Start with the online simulator using any device with internet access and you can block code in a workspace then test run your code. This is a good way to problem solve your code before uploading it to the actual Ozobot by way of placing an Ozobot on the screen for the transmission of code, much like OzoBlockly. How cool is that!
This resource is a great way to engage learners working remotely AND, it’s completely free to use!
Codeable Crafts is perfect for tying in literacy with computer science. Students combine simple crafting (shapes, stickers, crayons) with block coding to create their stories. Students enrich their imagination and creativity while engaging in the basic concept of computational thinking. They draw on animal templates, name their creatures, and then snap together a set of coding blocks for a sequence of interactions for telling their story. Students can add a small set of advanced coding blocks to create sound, movement, and text.
This must-have FREE app is available for iOS and Android devices. Let’s do this!
Provided by Curriculum Pathways and just in time for the Hour of Code event held the first week in December, SAS CodeSnaps takes advantage of tangible, printed coding blocks allowing students to prepare programs together on a work surface without a device. When blocks are scanned with the CodeSnaps app, the program is then executed on the connected robot. The video demonstrates how to scan coding blocks with the SAS CodeSnaps app.
Here is an example of how code can be used in the K-3 classroom. Check out this easy lesson plan.
In recognition of the Hour of Code global event, Lewis and Clark K-5 students were introduced to coding using a program called Kodables. We began on November 31st and continued through December 6th. Logins were sent home with students just in case anyone wanting to continue the program could do so at home. The feedback from teachers and students was that the majority of students enjoyed it very much and left them asking for more. As I came upon other events, I began sharing a new coding project with teachers expressing an interest. Today I took my first group of fifth graders and introduced Google Logo and Scratch. They loved it!
When their projects are complete, Ms. Taylor and I will share their logos for all to see and have the class determine each theme.