The week of December 4th – 8th is Computer Sciences Week, with Monday being designated as time for an Hour of Code. In Goochland County Schools, we don’t just save Coding for 1 day or 1 week out of the year – we embed it within our curriculums all year long. I work with teachers in core classes as well as elective classes to bring coding into their content. Here are some examples of coding we have done at Goochland Middle School.
Through out the year, coding has been integrated into the ESL classes to give those students the opportunity to learn the beneficial skill of coding. Coding projects have been connected to current instructional topics. This week we allowed students to create their own story on any topic they choose – one chose to give a tour of the school, and others chose to give tours of their home country.
ScratchJr in Madame Jones’ French Classes
Students practiced their French food vocabulary while coding a story. All students were engaged as they programmed their story, and most went above the requirements because they were enjoying the activity. While students worked, Madame Jones was able to meet with students to offer instruction on grammatical errors or explanation of vocabulary terms.
Ozobots in Mr. Burt’s STEM Class
As one of the many coding lessons we’ve done in the STEM class, students began to learn more about programming Ozobots. Ozobots are small robots that can be coded using lines and codes or by writing a program and loading it. Students played “Shape Tracer” to learn how to code and got to see their programs run by the Ozobot.