Lesson Plan Ideas for June 1-4

Science: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a great set of projects, and they provide step-by-step written instructions, easy-to-follow video walk-thrus, and hand-outs to make assembly a breeze. This week we tried the Straw Rocket, which adds data collection and visualization to the mix. Literacy: Scholastic hit a home run with their Pottermore 2.0, now calledContinue reading “Lesson Plan Ideas for June 1-4”

Highlights for May 11

We have a couple of cool articles about the Minecraft:Education platform. • To address the lack of human interaction because of social distancing, they have released a new social-emotional learning content package for the Education edition. • A University of Penn student recreated his campus in Minecraft, which is helping the university think about the utility ofContinue reading “Highlights for May 11”

Links for the week of May 4

Lots going on this week .. Our kids continue to work on their Coding at Home projects, like the Week 2 Share Your Skills activity. This one is especially cool because they set up the page during the first session, over maybe half an hour or so, and then they can revisit once a weekContinue reading “Links for the week of May 4”

GWC Code at Home

Have you been trying any of the weekly Coding at Home activities? I’ll admit, stay-at-home schooling has taken up a way bigger chunk of the day that we had expected when we started this new normal thing. This weekend we made a point of trying one of the longer projects, and I think it’s oneContinue reading “GWC Code at Home”

Using Conditionals in Scratch

This is one of the foundation lessons that everyone using Scratch needs. Conditionals are what gives your code the power to react and respond. If something happens (in your game, or in the real world through a sensor or user input), then a certain response is triggered. And you can learn all about them inContinue reading “Using Conditionals in Scratch”

Monday's self-paced at home stay positive beat the coronavirus virtual club meeting

I posted this over on the Lessons page but wanted to highlight it here. HQ,GWC will be publishing periodic lessons to help us get through the next couple of weeks (months?). And the first one is great way to shake off the cobwebs after spring break. Unplugged Activity: Stay Positive Binary Bracelets

Homeschooling 101

Help is on the way, they said. Almost too much help, it turns out. The tech community has really embraced the “we’re all in this together” mentality, and new resources are popping up every five minutes. This week I’m sharing a list of online learning resources that are not coding-specific. Next week’s list will leanContinue reading “Homeschooling 101”

Getting started with Scratch

Scratch is an amazing learning and development environment, but it has one problem: getting started. Like any ecosystem in which users are encouraged to share their work, there are thousands of great examples of easy to follow projects, but there are millions of not-so-great examples, and it’s hard to tell which is which until you’veContinue reading “Getting started with Scratch”

2019 Wrap-Up

We need to start by thanking Lisa Yunker and Janelle Mainz for wrapping up the semester with their amazing classes. The kids loved the hands-on activities, and we hope to incorporate more classes like that in the new year. We closed out the semester with a coded dance party, which came from one of Code.org’sContinue reading “2019 Wrap-Up”

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