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Computer Science Education Week
December 8 - 14, 2014
To celebrate, Mrs. Yollis and her students will participate in the Hour of Code!
Here are some screenshots from the Hour of Code website.
Computer Science week coincides with the birthdays of two computer science pioneers. A pioneer is a person who is one of the first to enter a field of study or explore a new area of thought. Ada Lovelace, born in England on December 10, 1815, is considered the world's first computer programmer. Grace Hopper, whose birthday is December 9, 1906, was an American computer programmer and Navy rear admiral. She contributed to the development of the COBOL language and is credited with popularizing the term "computer bug" in the programming community. Grace Hopper said:
To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.
We will be accessing these Hour of Code Tutorials. However, you are free to go to these tutorials at home with your parents. Share what you've learned with the class in the comment section!
On Monday, we will start our Hour of Code using the Angry Birds tutorial. This tutorial will help us learn the "drag and drop" method of programming as we solve fun puzzles. After solving the puzzles, we can create our own puzzle!
Here is a screenshot of puzzle 1.
Here is a screenshot of the opening puzzle. Together we will drag and drop blocks. The blocks will snap together, and then we will run the program. Through trial and error we will persevere and become computer programmers!
For those who are ready, there is a tutorial using Anna and Elsa! Here are some screenshot I took as I explored the tutorial.
Notice verbs like move and turn.
What does the term 90 degrees mean? Can Elsa turn more than 90˚? Less than 90˚?
What are pixels?
For parents and teachers:
Learn about the Hour of Code organization
Hour of Code Q & A Hangout with Hadi Partovi, the creator of Hour of Code
Hour of Code Tutorials
Here are some shots from our first day of coding:
We used a paper bird to help us figure out right from left!
Follow the beak!
After we did a few tutorials together, students worked in groups.
Follow the beak!
What did you enjoy about being a computer programmer?
Share any tips or definitions that will help us all become better programmers.
Let the coding begin!