April 2016 – Coding & Education
General Meeting Announcements-George Magdich
NJECC Summer Camp 2016 (DLI) online under
Special Announcements- or under conference tab
Entitlements can be used
DIGITAL LEARNING INSTITUTE – June 10 runs during our June meeting morning and afternoon –one day runs along side our meeting date
Doug Orr Led the Meeting
To see resources shared by the group
Presenter: Cathy Varga from Chatham Day School
- “How To Make Your Robot Dance”
- Twitter page cdstechkids
Using NAO Robots- the older students, 7th graders, decided their project would teach the younger Spanish learner. The presentation outlines the process of this project.
Presenter – Samantha Morra from The Elisabeth Morrow School
- “Learning to Code – Code to Learn”
You want to teach coding to create something else.
Using Scratch the students work through computational thinking.
- Google CS First
- Thimble by Mozilla -8th grade
Presenter- Beth Thomas– Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Librarian
Coding with Sphero- Using a Bluetooth enabled tablet, smartphone, or iPod to control Sphero. Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows hardware. Apps- are free
All Kids Can Code
They use CODE to create the “shape”
Ozobots – Students “built” communities and programmed the Ozobot to go to the community. (go to post office, bank, …)
Unplugged Activities and game designs – Bloxels, coding, arrows, Pixel Press Floors, Sketch Nation Create, Tiny Tap
Tuesday 8 PM #kidscancode Chat Twitter
Blog- Digital Scoop-offers challenge cards
Starting with Mr. Potato head is how they start. Students have to give directions to move the Potato head around the grid to pick up the body pieces.
- Other Resources
- iPad apps- Kodable, Foos ,Daisy Dinosaurs
- BotLogic– blockly but shows written code
- Tynker– Free
Using Sketch Up and Kubity – for sharing Sketch up models
Students created a business and on the outside of each building they include a QR code for their business in this virtual environment- made with Sketch up
In Sketch-UP, students make a gallery and “inside” is their art work. Then the QR code goes to a video of the student talking about the art work.
Presenter – Sue Sullivan
- The Technology Plan is now more about HOW ARE YOU USING the technology.
- Technology Plan info online
- Technology Assessment tool online
- NJTrak survey data collected from parents, teachers, and students (from webinar) helps identify gaps.
- Digital recognition by State- (Because it lower grades won’t ever fill it in)
- County office will set due dates for Tech Plan- check with your county office (the NJTrak survey has to be done)
Coding resources developed partnership with NJCSTA
- Tom Caine- EZ Robot
- Paul – PK Technologies-
- Joe LaFera– Smartboards