I had the honor of visiting, talking, and coding with our students at Stratford School over the week of #HourOfCode. We have put Computer Science in the curriculum for all our students as part of their normal schedule and they work on computational thinking skills everyday, but it was a treat to see the students taking on the challenge.
Here is a little video we did with some of the footage of the visits. The video is my and a GoPro and the pictures are from many different sources. Enjoy!
Stratford School: Hour Of Code 2014 from Stratford School Videos on Vimeo.
Hour of Code this year at Stratford School has been a lot of fun!
Here is a search against the hashtag we used when visiting all our campuses this year posting pics on Twitter. We have 17 campuses in the Bay Area currently and are able to bring computational thinking and computer science into the lives of students from Pre-K through 8th grade, so #HourOfCode has been a celebration for what we have been building around curriculum changes over the last year!
Dan Garcia, the Co-Creator of CS10: Beauty & Joy of Computing, shared his ten points to increase engagement and success around Computer Science at the CS4HS 2014 session on diversity in CS. . I thought they were great to keep in mind. I’m paraphrasing, so I might need to correct at some later moment.
- Pair projects and pair programming
- Allow students pick their projects
- Reading and writing on social impact of projects
- Reading others writing assignments and commenting on them (peer review)
- Everything in the class is free (no cost)
- Use clickers in lecture for active learning
- The class is not “sage on the stage” but the guide on the side. Lab work, students doing.
- Many opportunities to give back to academic field study to see diverse populations in leadership roles around CS.
- Use a graphical programming language tools. Keep it fun.
- The course name the course/curriculum should be named that captures the joy and fun.