Make The World Our Classroom

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🦇 Hello, Vampires! This week is Computer Science Education Week, when students all over the world will be participating in the Hour of Code. We have collated a range of coding resources that might interest you. Maybe you can ‘Make the World Your Classroom‘ and have your students participate in this global initiative! 

Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes“, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab. “It’s for everyone.” In this fun, demo-filled talk, Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.
Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. Remember to always check first that what the students are using is GDPR friendly – we do not recommend using platforms that require a free sign-in as it is likely they will not comply with our GDPR guidelines.
“Scratch is the world’s largest coding community for children and a coding language with a simple visual interface that allows young people to create digital stories, games, and animations.

Scratch promotes computational thinking and problem-solving skills; creative teaching and learning; self-expression and collaboration; and equity in computing.”

ELC – Grade 4 can access through the Scratch Jr. app – no sign-in required.
Grade 5 – 12 access through the Scratch website. To be GDPR compliant, the teacher must create a teacher account and set up a class. Students must NOT sign in.
If you would like to explore coding further, here are some articles:

Elementary – Digital Reading Running Records
by Yvonne Vasper

Raz-Kids Plus is an alternative to F&P running records to keep track of students’ reading growth. Raz Plus allows you to digitally assign a leveled passage which your students can attempt anytime. 

Students are required to read the passage, retell the story and do a quiz. Use these short, leveled passages as one step in the three-step process to find your students’ instructional reading levels or to assess whether they are prepared to move to the next level.

This is a great way to chart student progress on-campus and online, keep a record of student growth and use alternative reading material to track progress.

Here is a presentation showing you how.

Custom Holiday Animated Gif


YES, you can use these skills for some cool class-based stuff… BUT, this one is about being the envy of your online family and friends by having the most epic Holiday-based animated gif greeting/card evah!
Next week, two Power Lunch sessions are on offer; come by and make an awesome holiday card. 
PYP Lunch
Tuesday, Dec 14
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Secondary Lunch 
Tuesday, Dec 14
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