The Hour of Code - Our Experience
As I presented my class with the idea of participating in the Hour of Code, the joy in their faces was instantaneous. Despite our excitement, we were all a bit unfamiliar with the meaning of "coding" and how it worked. I did, however, know it could be a potential window of opportunity for their future. As a teacher of children with multiple disabilities, I am flooded with thoughts of what their life may look like once they leave the walls of their familiar world of education. My goal is to provide for them the tools in which they can be successful, in all aspects of their lives.
Monday, December 8th arrived and we were all anticipating this Hour of Code! We watched a few of the instructional clips and were inspired by the words of President Obama, "Don't just consume things, create things." With that, we were off and creating endless maneuvers for the angry bird to complete his tasks. The levels progressively became more difficult and as we would each reach levels 15 or 18 we would provide our words of "good luck" and "that one is difficult!" As a class, we encouraged each other and cheered with each Certificate of Completion. I was able to see the determination and sense of pride in each child's face, an experience I will never forget.We are now computer scientists, or at least we know that it is possible! My students are more readily prepared for their futures and we cannot wait for our next coding experience.