Learning How to Code

Resources for Learning How to Code

Code Studio- New to coding? This is the place to start. Learn the basics of coding in fun easy steps. Watch tutorials before you try the coding on your own.

Scratch- Scratch is a coding program designed by MIT. It works the same as Code Studio, but it will be easier if you have done some practice on Code Studio before you use Scratch. Scratch Day is May 9th!

Tynker- Hour of Code- Learn the fundamentals of programming by creating games.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Creating Comic Strips for Grades 6 & 7

Storyboards are a great planning tool for writing and a great way to retell the plot or important events in a story you've read.  There are many different online comic strip makers that can be used to storyboard.  Today you will have a chance to explore a few different comic strip making programs.  Play around with them, see what you like in each.  Be prepared to choose one to share interesting or cool feature that you discover today with the class. (Information below is taken from Free Technology for Teachers)

 Pixton and Storyboard That are both good platforms for creating comic strips. 

Make Beliefs Comix offers comic strip templates and writing prompts in up to seven languages. The templates and prompts can be completed online or you can print them out. Make Beliefs Comix iPad app supports the creation of comics in seven languages; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin. To create comics in the Make Beliefs Comix you simply select the number of frames you want to use then choose the characters that you want to feature in your story. After choosing your frames and characters you can type text into speech bubbles to tell your story.

Comic Master is a free tool designed for students to use to create comics in the "graphic novel style" that is popular with a lot of kids in the ten to fourteen years old age range. Comic Master provides a drag and drop interface for students to build their comics on. Students using Comic Master can select from a variety of layouts, backgrounds, characters, effects, and fonts.

Witty Comics provides a simple platform to create two character dialogues. To use Witty Comics students just need to select the pre-drawn background scenes and the pre-drawn characters they want to feature in their comics. Writing the dialogues is the creative element that is left to the students.

Write Comics is a free, simple tool for creating comic strips. Write Comics doesn't require any registration to use. In fact, registration is not even an option. To create a comic on Write Comics just select a background from the menu, choose some characters, and add some speech bubbles. You can continue adding frames until you've completed your story.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Grade 1: Habitat Presentation

You are going to create a book about Habitats. Choose a Habitat below to learn more about.

Use the research tool in Google Presentation to find the following.  Complete the graphic organizer before you make your slide!
1.  Picture of your habitat
2.  Animal you would find in your habitat
3.  Plant you would find in your habitat
4.  One fact about your habitat

Click here to go to the presentation
Log into your Google Drive account
Drag your images onto your slide.
Create a textbox to write your sentence about your habitat

Grade 2 & 3: Final Habitat Project

Final Habitat Project

You have studied Habitats in your classroom, created at least one habitat presentation in Tech class.  Now you are going to create your own Habitat Presentation to share with the class.
1. Create a slide for each of the major habitats.
  • rainforest
  • wetlands
  • polar
  • desert
  • marine
  • grassland
2. Include pictures of the habitat and animals that would live there.
3. Include some information:  Where is this habitat located in the world.  What type of climate is found there.
Go to Google Classroom to get your copy of the presentation
Clck here to go to Google Classroom
Click here for a good resource for your research