MIT Media Lab's Creation, Scratch, makes Coding easily teachable
If you have read through any other parts of my site, you will know that my class has a college focus on MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) due to the high focus on technology in my classroom and I was introduced to the astounding projects (check out inFORM for a geek 'wow' moment!) coming out of the MIT Media Lab through the wonders of Google+. I found the diversity of projects to be amazing and inspiring, especially the story of Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone. After some exploring I happened upon Scratch and it opened up a new creative world.
The lightning bolt scar exploded... because I was shown the time sucking path to sites-not-yet-explored-about-coding (sorry for the Harry Potter humor there folks... I am a nerd).
I started exploring coding through a other sites , code.org madewithcode.com. My twitter PLN was full of insight into Hour of Code and I realized that computer and web languages are languages that students must know in all careers in the future to be ahead of the curve. I found that in all of my exploring of this interest area, much like all of my exploring of all the millions of endless resources online for teachers, I had stumbled upon something important for students.
Okay, maybe not yet with the adoption of (or possible un-adoption? anti-adoption? of) common core, but it will be a necessity soon once teachers realize their students are speaking a different language and they want to learn it.
All of this exploration and class use has lead me to the ScratchEd community (run through Harvard [those ivy league schools share everything]) where I was lucky enough to happen upon a set of lesson plans, several units long, for teaching Scratch to any ability or grade level as well as a printable student workbook for which I am using to create my elective with 40 general education students (all of my students picked other electives because they have had it with all of the technology I expose them to everyday:( ). My elective adventure is so much fun and I am going to transition it into a more advanced app development elective using MIT's Appinventor.
So many fun times are ahead and I can't wait to share.
Please click the links in this post if you are a teacher and explore these amazing sites!!
PS: Check out my Edweb.net CE certificate to teach coding and my Hour of Code certificate below.