Catching Creativity is a newsletter developed by Shakopee Digital Learning Coaches to share ideas and inspire all of us to embrace the 6C's and reshape learning experiences.
Hour of Code
It's not too late to participate in Hour of Code this week! (December 5-11, 2016) Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. No experience is needed. Just dive in! (And if you don't have time this week, coding is a great critical thinking activity you can use anytime.) Be sure to send us photos of your students coding!
Shakopee DLCs have compiled great coding resources to help you get started. Or fill out a DLC request and we will help you plan or implement a coding event. Check out Shakopee examples below. Or check out hourofcode.com for online resources and tutorials available in over 45 languages.
Sweeney Second Grade Hour of Code
Sweeney 2nd grade did a full grade level "dive in" experience with Hour of Code using coding app called Scratch Jr. Students learned how to create movement with various characters and backgrounds then moved into creating more complex programs. In one task their characters competed in a race. Students extended their learning through trial and error, collaboratively problem-solving and animating digital stories.
Jackson Fourth Grade Hour of Code
Jackson 4th grade students participated in Hour of Code by using Kodable on their Chromebooks. If you haven't checked out Kodable, rest assured, you do not need coding experience to teach it! There are many teacher resources that will walk you through the elements of coding. You'll also find highly engaging activities to use with your students right now! Kodable is also available as an iPad app.
West Junior High
Algebra 1 students created a Google Form to gather data around a problem they wanted to solve or an issue they wanted to investigate. They used their data to create a scatterplot in the Numbers app. Then they pulled their findings together using Book Creator.
Teacher Reflection: I like how open-ended [Book Creator] is in regards to [student] creativity, they can create a project unique to them. I also like how simple it is to use. I rarely had questions about how to use it or its tools. One of the best things about the app, specifically, is hearing the kids’ verbal descriptions of the pieces of their project. It really shines a light on their understanding of the content and how it relates to their personally chosen, collected data. It really allows them to interact with the content. In addition to book creator I also had students using Google Forms, Google Sheets, and the Numbers app. It was the first time we had used them this year, so next year I would have them use those apps for an activity earlier in the semester leading up to the project.
Shakopee High School
Interior Design students learned about the model of Feng Shui and had to create a video to pitch that design model to a client. They used iMovie, Pixabay, and Google Drive to complete their project. Students researched the topic of feng shui for their client’s specific needs, organized a presentation with a script, organized the visuals for the video using a storyboard. Their final projects were compiled using iMovie.
12th grade English students are completing an in-depth scene analysis using EdPuzzle. Once they find the right scene in YouTube they write a script detailing what they plan to say. Then they use EdPuzzle’s project assignment feature to add audio notes to the scene they found on YouTube. Students are required to think critically about their scene and effectively communicate elements of their scene to the class.
AVID students at the High School participated in their first Breakout. It was a great to see students so engaged in inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration. Breakout can be adapted to focus on content specific skills or general skills such as collaboration. Students complete the activity by reflecting on the process of what makes a successful breakout. Stay tuned.... Junior High AVID students will be breaking out soon!