Below is an example lesson plan offered by code studios:
The lesson plans provide the following structures.
– Purpose (Rationale)
– Agenda (Lesson Body)
– Objectives (Learning intentions)
– Preparation (Materials)
Warm Up (10 min)
Artist Introduction – Student Video
Turns & Angles – Student Video
Main Activity (30 min)
– Course F Online Puzzles – Website
Wrap Up (10 – 15 min)
– Journal Prompts
– The Copy Machine
Notably, the Copyright of these lessons are Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlkike.
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This lesson introduces the concept with a video. It explains the concept of a pixel and explains how to move and turn.
Instruction text, that points out if the student needs to try again.
The Workspace is the made area the student interacts with. Here students can drag and drop code using their mouse. The variables are preset but able to be adjusted. For example, Turn [left] by  degrees suggests 45 as an alternate degree.
After each completion it shows the student how many lines of code they wrote, whether they wish to continue, and vote if they liked or disliked the puzzle.
The lesson also provides optional challenges for students as they progress.
These questions assess students’ understanding with multiple choice at the end of the lesson.
Examples of Art creations:
- A Ramp Up to Course (Optional)
- Course Content
- End of Course Project
Each lesson includes concepts and activities, utilizing text, video, and map. It also offers activities that are off the computer, ie “Unplugged”, online, and questions.
Furthermore, it can track if users have started, are in progress, have completed.
There are 29 lessons in this Course alone.
Code studio is free and no account is required to begin. Full lesson plans/courses are available to every grade level.
They also offer translated courses, allowing for cross-curricular potential with second language acquisition subjects.
“Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged”activities that require no computer at all.”
How do we integrate coding into the classroom?
For my professional develop I am focused on introducing coding into an elementary classroom K – 7. Programming skills are increasing invaluable in this digital age. To empower our future generations my desire is to help eliminate digital illiteracy.
Thus through these investigations I hope to provide accessible content and resources for students/teachers to benefit from.
Class Dojo is the American version of Fresh Grade. It builds community within the classroom while keeping parents and students involved. Each student recieves an avatar and all the avatars show up on the front homepage.
The little green bubbles on the upper right hand corner are points that student has earned. The teacher is able to create how students are able to collect points, as they can add and create buttons. You can choose to keep it all positive or have negative buttons as well so students can earn points or have them deducted.
The add your own button gives you the ability to create your own buttons that apply to your class. Examples could be, “Cleaned classroom”, “Is ready to learn”, “Helped a friend”, etc. You can give one individual student a point, or there is a option to give the whole class the points. These points are tracked all year which helps for writing report cards. You can go back in and see what that child did really well with all year, where they got the most points, and also, where that child struggled.
The amazing part of Class Dojo is parents are very connected! Everytime you give a student a point or deduct points, their parent or parents get a notification sent right to their phone. Parents can send you a message on Class Dojo commenting on the reward or deduction. Parents can also send a message to ask about what happened, or even send a message to even say that student will be away tomorrow.
Class Dojo also gives you the opportunity to post photos, and similar to the point system, as soon as the photo is posted the parent or parents of the child or children within the photo are notified and are able to comment.
The only downfall of Class Dojo is you need to have every parent sold on using this app or it becomes a hassle. If one childs parents are on board, you have to ensure you do not post any photos of that child. You can still have that child on the site and give them an avatar and points but you have to be cautious about what is posted, etc.
My exploration of Class Dojo is on going but from talking to my sponsor teacher, other teachers at my school, and seeing it being used I do see it as a very beneficial tool to use within the classroom. It helps with classroom management, building community, parent communication, writing report cards, and much more!
Before studying how to integrate mindfulness into the classroom, I decided to research just how effective it is as a classroom management tool. I came across a documentary featuring students from a grade 7 class in San Fransisco. At the beginning of the documentary, very little learning was happening. The teacher was constantly stopping the class to move students only to have them talk to their friends from across the room. The school was suspending students more often than any other school in the city. The school’s administration decided to bring in a mindfulness specialist twice a week in an attempt to resolve the situation.
At first, most of the students were uninterested in practicing mindfulness. The specialist spent most of her time trying to get the class to be quiet. After having little progress in the first few sessions, she asked anyone who didn’t want to participate to raise their hands. She then asked each of these students why they did not want to participate. Most of their reasons were that it is boring or unentertaining. After some discussion, some students were asked to leave the room. The specialist explained that the program required student participation and disruptive students take away from the experience for the rest of the class. After this, students began to take the program seriously.
After several weeks of practicing mindfulness, the classroom dynamic had completely changed. 80% of students in the class found mindfulness effective when they needed to calm down and 58% found that it helped them focus in class. Students who used to be sent to the office on a daily basis could now sit through a class without disrupting others. One student even went on to receive an award for the greatest GPA increase in the school.
This documentary shows what an incredible tool mindfulness can be both inside and outside of the classroom. It helps students become calm, focused and ready to learn. It can be done quickly and quietly, meaning that students can use it during class without disrupting anyone else. When a student learns mindfulness, they can use it whenever it is necessary for the rest of their lives.
Long, R. (Director). (n.d.). Room to Breathe: Mindfulness in the Classroom[Video file]. Retrieved November 06, 2017, from http://viuca.kanopystreaming.com/video/room-breathe