Every December, we celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The purpose of this week is to promote knowledge and interest in computer science education with K-12 students. We celebrate in December in recognition of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computing pioneer, whose birthday is Dec. 9th.
It’s important to teach our students Computer Science, as it is an ever growing field (50% of all jobs in STEM are computing jobs) and is a foundational skill for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. And, did you know that students who study computer science also perform better in math?! That’s a win, win in my book!
Check out this infographic to see more about the importance of teaching computer science:
There is so much you can do during this week to get your students participating in Computer Science!
One thing that you can do is participate in Hour of Code. There are tons of activities, videos, and other resources there. If you’re feeling nervous because you’ve never coded, don’t! There are activities for all levels. Click here if you are interested in more information about Hour of Code.
There are also several activities from other websites that you can check out here:
Hope you enjoy Computer Science week and that you continue coding for the rest of the year. Your students will definitely appreciate it!
What is FlipgridAR?
AR stands for augmented reality. It’s the ability to “place” virtual elements in the physical world. FlipgridAR allows you to stick Flipgrid videos almost anywhere. You can add QR codes to your students’ work. All you need to do is create and access the videos code through the Flipgrid app.
How Do You Create FlipgridAR?
Here is one classroom application for using FlipgridAR. I used it as an activity for station rotation. There is only one teacher in a room full of students. I wanted to be able to duplicate myself for small group work. I took advantage of using Flipgrid shorts to create a video of myself leading an activity for sight word practice. I read the sight words aloud and had students identify and color in the correct words. I turned what could be a whole group activity into an independent practice activity. This type of activity allows for differentiation as students work at their own speed and can pause and replay the video as needed.
This is simply one example. The possibilities are endless (check out this Wakelet collection!)
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