Another task to keep me learning: Teach the Web by Mozilla. I may not be able to do everything, but I have already started with my students.
During our Genius Project time, we are learning code through the THIMBLE projects:
The students are engaged and collaborative, jumping around helping each other figure out the code. “Go to line 20,” one will call out, followed by directions. In each class, one student always excels and offers to help the others, even though this is completely new to them.
How did I get them started? I showed them this:
Photo by: Lachlan Fearnley from WikiPedia
I explained how the tags are like the Russian dolls, each enclosing the others. I explained the image in Basic HTML, then a Thimble code page and the similar coding on that page. Then I let them go, and they didn’t stop.
Coding is poetry.
A balance and symmetry.
At student-parent-teacher conferences, coding was the favorite part to share, and parents were amazed that their students were learning a new language!
Take a look at the projects, and then try it. Let us know how you do!