Hello blogging buddies! This week I got to do the funnest blogging activity; coding. I used the hour of code website to learn how to code games. What I like most about this website is that the website is easy to navigate. You are able to customize the games based on what technology is available to you. Games are also organized from pre-reader to grade 9. A lot of the games are based on cartoons and pop media that children would like.
The following videos are screencastify recordings that I did during my hour of code.
This was the first problem I encountered. It was an easy fix. All I needed to do was bring one more block to my chain of action. The next three videos are where my real problems start. In hindsight, perhaps I wouldn’t have struggled as much if I had watched the informational video that popped up before level six. I spent a lot more time than I’d like to admit fiddling around with this level. At one point I figured out how to move her, but I was using too many blocks for that chain of action. Eventually I learned that I needed to create a function.
After this level, the rest were smooth sailing. While I was working I thought this would be great to use this site to help students learn about acute, obtuse and right angles. I really enjoyed this experience. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I worked on my last code for a while before I thought it was perfect. I thought it was only fitting to play Let it Go while I filmed my art.
I think that there are a lot of ways that this could be used in school. It could be used in robotics clubs or computer classes. As educators we need to prepare students for jobs that might not even exist yet. Helping students understand how to code can help with future jobs. I was talking to my mom about the experience I had with coding. She told me that when she was in high school, computer class was just coding. It’s crazy to think that technology has changed so much since the 80’s. Teaching coding in classrooms today can help students appreciate the technology that we take for granted. Every game we play comes from codes like this. I think that a lot of people don’t realize the complex systems behind the games that we play. This experience has given me a greater appreciation for the advanced technology I have.