Exploring Coding with QR Code Cubes

FullSizeRender (2)After completing some great programming work on Kodable, Year 3 & 4 students have turned their attention to finding out more about different coding programs.

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First, we scanned a range of QR codes on our cubes to watch introductory tutorials on coding apps such as Scratch Junior, Daisy the Dinosaur, Bee-Bots, Run Marco, and Lightbot.

        

Then we selected a new program and applied our coding knowledge to try it out. I wonder what we will explore next?

Coding Club

This week several students shared the projects they have been working on in Code Club. It was really interesting to find out what great ideas they had and it was handy for other for other club members to be able to ask them for advice.

Jemima gave a wonderful presentation about her mBot ROBOT, and explained what it was and how she used Scratch to code it to perform different tasks. (Now I want one!)

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Learning to Code with Kodable

KODABLE is a great program to introduce coding to kids. It uses the members of the Fuzz Family to teach children the basics of computer programming.

Grade 3 and 4 students have been keenly working their way through the tutorials and acquiring the concepts of creating a sequence, recognising conditional statements and making loops to hold repeated bits of code.

While learning to code, students have the chance to test the code they have written and collect coins and Fuzzes along the way.prismFuzz_Big

Grade 3 and 4 students have loved learning to code with Kodable.

Click on the ‘stars’ on the Thinglink picture below to find out some of the programming tools.

Hour of Code

Hour of Code – Computer Science Week December 8 – 14

In the largest learning event in history, tens of millions of students around the world have participated in the Hour of Code, a one-hour self-guided tutorial designed to introduce the basics of computer programming.

Congratulations to all the Year 5 and 6 students at St Robert’s, who recently completed the Hour of Code event and received certificates for their efforts. Grade 4 students participated in the Hour of Code last week. Below is the interactive tutorial our students completed.

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Many students have also tried using Scratch or Scratch Junior and several coding iPad apps such as Cargo-Bot, Kodable, Hopscotch and Tynker.

Students commented on how coding makes them think and problem solve in different ways . . . . and it was a lot of fun!