Monday, December 14, 2015

Hour of Code Reflection

With our 3rd annual Hour of Code complete I must admit the event becomes more powerful with time.  We had over 50 students sign up to attend the event and about 10 student facilitators to coordinate the hour.  The facilitators consisted of members of the technology club, student library aides, and iSchool advocates.  It was agreed that the facilitators would concentrate on introducing the the code.org Star Wars and Minecraft courses.  The hour went by rapidly resulting in some creative after thoughts from students.


 

What Worked:
  1. The student-led event was amazing with 10 student facilitators to help as students needed assistance.  Coders would raise their hands and a facilitator responded immediately.   This eliminated frustration from coders and gave the facilitators ownership for the event.
  2. Having the students sign-up before the event allowed me to enroll them in the code.org class.  Students will then have the option to continue the courses after the event.  
  3. The event concluded with a feedback session.  It was plans were discussed to continue interest in coding beyond the Hour of Code. 
Reflections:
  1. The student facilitators have volunteered to attend the Minecraft club and introduce the Minecraft coding course at our next club meeting.
  2. A 6th grade group of students have met beyond the Hour of Code and want to start a 6th grade lunch coding club.  Students have plans to find a student leadership committee to launch the 6th grade lunch event.
The many resources made our Hour of Code an enjoyable and manageable event for students interested in coding.  I hope to continue to host coders during lunch, in our technology club, and beyond. 

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