Welcome to PSUSD’s CakeWalk Coding program. Elementary schools around our district are participating in CakeWalk. Cakewalk inspires students to create code. But what exactly is coding? Your browser, the apps on your phone, Facebook,- they’re all made with code. Cakewalk is an after school program that will introduce students to coding. Students will walk away with the development of a basic understanding of computer programming. Participating teachers are facilitating the coding club after school. Students are using computer science to tell fun and interactive stories using Google CS First.
What is Coding?
Coding or computer programming is writing a set of instructions that a computer understands so it will perform a task.
Why coding in elementary?
Check out the schools participating in the CakeWalk program!
There is a new exciting update - Nearpod is now an add-on in Google Slides! Now you can add activities, questions, polls, and other interactive questions to your Google Slides presentations by installing the free Nearpod add-on in Google Slides. After you add your questions and activities in Google Slides, you will click "Save & Go To Nearpod" then present the live or student-paced lesson from Nearpod. You can also edit the presentation as often as necessary and it will take you directly back to your Google Slide presentation. Click "add-ons" "open Nearpod" make any changes, then click "Save & Go To Nearpod" and your lesson will be automatically updated and ready to present.
The following is an additional video tutorial:
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!)
A new feature this year in EdPuzzle is Live Mode. Teachers project their EdPuzzle video assignments for the whole class while students answer live on their own devices. Below is a tutorial for more information.
Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend Fall CUE. This was the first time I would be attending as well as presenting on my own, so I had a lot of excitement about the event, as well as a lot of anxiety!
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