Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hour of Code

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.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 3

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Over the course of the week we have participated in a classroom writing competition, created a modern classroom design on Google Drawing, selected a puppy to adopt and welcomed our local meteorologist for a visit. It has been an invigorating week and it seems only appropriate to conclude with our new world of communication and expression, our blogs.

Today marks day three of our blogging experience and they will begin to take a more specific route as we dive deeper into our topics of interest.

We are looking forward to communicating with classes from around the United States, and eventually the world!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 2

Our first blog will contain a personal introduction and background information as to how and why we gained interest in our particular topic of choice. Our principal, Mr. Robbins, will be joining in today!

Here are a few of our blogs.. More to come!

Day 1

Friday, September 26, 2014
Day 1 - As a class, we are learning about the world of blogging. We have created our Google accounts, familiarized ourselves with Google Drive and all of its capabilities, so we found it only appropriate to use Google Blogger as our blog of choice. We have viewed other blogs and selected our topics of interest. Let the fun begin!