Last term my class were introduced to Spheros. They have completed all of the Draw tasks that the Sphero manufacturers have created. The Draw programs were designed to give the students a beginning to coding. They used the grid paper and were able to draw shapes, letters and words. they were also able to change colours on the Sphero as it moved. Students who grasped the concepts moved on to draw a path to go around an object. They also used road tape stuck onto cardboard and were able to drive the Sphero along the road turning corners when necessary.
These students are now ready to move on to using Blocks.
My grand-daughter has the DK book, “My First Coding Book”. It gives clear explanations for the beginning of learning to code. One activity called ‘Jungle Escape’ has you moving around a grid avoiding some obstacles. You have to choose the direction you travel to avoid the obstacles.
When I began to think about the activity that I could suggest I thought of using picture books like ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and ‘Rosie’s Walk’ to learn to code. On searching the internet I found that someone had already come up with such activities for these books and others. The students have to place an arrow pointing in the correct direction in each box as they move around the map. These are simple activities that will assist students to learn the basics of coding.
In years 3 & 4 at my school the students participate in a Digital Citizenship Program. We start the year with a talk and a mandatory quiz. Then each term or twice a term the students complete a unit of work on aspects about various parts of being safe online.
One unit involves discussing what our digital footprint is. Students trace their foot and then write in one foot the information that they want to be seen by others online and on the other foot they write information that they don’t wish to save online.
The links below give some lesson ideas:
Tonight I saw the task below shared on Facebook by a teacher. The resources needed for this task are available on Teachers Pay Teachers. This resource will be useful to be used as part of a History unit of work on Changes over time. It would be possible for a teacher to make similar sets of photographs on changes over time of other forms of technology- e.g. computers, phones,
Thanks to Mrs Edgar. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Edgar
Year 3 Class Activity
I have used QR Codes to allow students to easily access websites for research. My school has a whitelisting ..
This article was interesting to read to see what Jelani nelson has done from a young boy until adulthood. He had a passion and has used this to develop programs to teach students in Ethiopia how to code for a purpose.