If your children have been talking about playing Angry Birds this week, it's probably true! Our students have been participating in the Hour of Code organized by code.org. We have been working on learning coding skills using the computer science tutorials based on games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
Kindergarten used the binary coding activity to learn a "secret code" while first grade used a robot as well as Tynker and second grade learned how to move the Angry Birds around at http://learn.code.org/.
Students can create accounts at code.org if they want to save their progress and win prizes.
We are going to continue on with the code as more and more websites are popping up to help children learn basic programming. There are some great websites that help K-2 learn basic coding and critical thinking skills. We have also signed Chadron up to take part in Code Club for students age 9-11 to see just what we can come up with. More information on that can be found at http://codeclubworld.org/