Saturday, October 15, TPSS Teachers attended a Code.org workshop held at the TPSS Technology Center to learn how to code and how to share these important computer science skills with their students. Click here for more pictures.
Twenty TPSS teachers participated in a day long training recently at the Techology Center using Code.org. Vicky Jacobsen from Baton Rouge worked with teachers on using the coding curriculum offered free to teachers and students by Code.org. Code.org's vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Code.org increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.
Ms. Philipson's 4th grade classes at Natalbany Middle School rock the hour of CODE. Students began using CODE at the start of the 3rd six weeks and really enjoy it. Here are some comments from our students: Jaron says CODE has taught him that it's not that easy to make a computer game, it actually takes a lot of work. Shaylia likes that there are different levels and you feel like you have accomplished something at the end of each one. Jack says sometimes he struggles, but he enjoys the challenge and knows it is helping him to learn how to process his thoughts. Roneitra calls it brain work, a fun way to learn. Sonia is just plain excited she is learning how to program a computer. Keno likes that he gets to work with images instead of a lot of words.The students in Mrs.Van Huss Class 5th grade at Martha Vinyard Elementary work together to build code as part of the international "Hour of Code" movement taking place this December. Dr. Elizabeth Pourciau has begun to introduce the skill of coding to her students during her computer lab classes.
Sixth grade students of O.W. Dillon participating in Hour of Code using Code.org during their computer lab time with Ms. Richelle Votaw. The students in grades 3 - 6 started working on Code.org earlier this school year and have been enjoying it!
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Tullier's computer lab at DC Reeves began working on learning to code in school. The students first mapped out algorithms on paper before bringing the concept to the computer. Through the website www.code.org, students have the opportunity to learn basic coding skills that can be applied to future computer science concepts.