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Larry Corey and Fred Hutchinson of the Cancer Research center shared the significance of computer programming in the medical field with the following quote: “Knowledge of computer programming is as important as knowledge of anatomy when it comes to medical research or clinical care”.  So, how can learning to code help you to change the world?

Coding is a creative process that builds higher order thinking skills and provides the opportunity to level the playing field.  Coding can be used to build social good, develop nations, extend global reach, transform play, create global competitions, fight climate change and send a man to the moon.

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections, there are 1.4 million computing jobs but only 400,000 computer science students qualified to fill the positions. Pursuing a career in computer science can prepare students to learn the Poetry of Code and a chance to change the world!

 

This month’s challenge will explore coding and how it can be used to Master the language of the digital World.  Click on the images below to visit the url for the resources provided.  Explore the resources and complete the task as outlined below, and be sure to scroll to the right in the table below to see all the video tutorials.  May the Code be with you!

   

 

Master the Language of the Digital World

 

 

 

 

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Code Monkey

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Code.Org

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Made with Code

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Scratch

OverviewChallenges designed to teach non-experienced programmers the basics of computer science.Projects designed to teach STEM and reach students of all backgrounds.Projects designed to increase diversity in computer science and provide an introduction to coding.Activities designed to personalize interactive stories, games, and animations.
Highlights

 

  • Create and share Code Monkey challenges for others to solve.
  • Track student progress and examine solutions
  • 3-star rating
  • If registered as a teacher, solutions to all challenges are provided in dashboard.

 

  • Unplugged activities to use without technology.
  • Lesson Plans.
  • Tutorials for grades K-8.
  • Tutorials that teach JavaScript.
  • Make your own apps or games for phones or tablets.
  • University courses online

 

  • Code projects to reflect personality
  • Projects designed to support creativity and to engage girls.
  • Coding projects based on Blockly, a webbed-based graphical programming editor.
  • Party kit provided for advice and resources.

 

  • Designed for ages 8 to 16.
  • Used in more than 150 countries and in 40 languages.
  • Work individually or collaboratively to complete projects.
  • Scratch help guides, cards and video tutorials available.
Tutorial

 

 

 

Benefits of Coding


 

1 Improves problem solving and analytical reasoning skills

2. Helps to improve education equity

3Improves neuroplasticity

4. Enhances motivation to learn with engaging resources

5. Offers a broad range of meta-cognitive skills (i.e. creation, collaboration, problem solving, logical thinking)


Lesson Ideas


1.  Use coding programs to teach computer coding, algorithms and programming

2.  Teach directions and following instructions

3. Have students work as a team to solve problems

4.  Research facts about jobs in computer science, programming and other STEM careers

5.  Collaborate with peers to complete projects, presentations or other assignments

 

Your Challenge


How can you change the world?  It is simple; learn to code!  Use code to design bridges, reach out to global partners, compete through games, collaborate to grow academically, etc.  You can start by completing this month’s challenge.

 

1. Bookmark this challenge and share it with 3 of your colleagues.

2. Take the diversity pledge at Code.org

3. Register to use Code Monkey and complete the first ten challenges. 

4. Click the picture of your icon on the top right of the Code Monkey site to view your profile and  stats

5. Take a screen shot of your progress, click comment to post your progress and share how you can use code monkey and or other coding resources in your classroom to engage learners, encourage higher order thinking.

6.   From the statistics shared in the Code.org diversity pledge, what did you find most alarming?