While I hope to do more than talk about Computer Science for only one week, we will be participating in the Hour of Code this December 7-13. The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week.
Check out this link: http://hourofcode.com/us
What is SCRATCH?
Do they have an app?
What else will we do?
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
Sort of... We will be using Pyonkee in the classroom. You can, too. Here is what Scratch has to say about it:
"We are pleased to announce “Pyonkee”. The world's first real Scratch 1.4 environment on iPad. Anyone can download it from App Store for free now. https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pyonki/id905012686. Pyonkee is written by Masashi Umezawa and it is based on Scratch 1.4 Source Code from MIT Media Lab. So there is no Scratch cat, logo and project sharing feature (except emailing projects)."
We will also use Tynker to participate in the Hour of Code. Click here for information and to use it at home.