Yarmouth Students in all grades will once again participate in the Hour of Code

posted Dec 1, 2017, 8:02 AM by Andrew Dolloff

December 4 -10, 2017 is Computer Science Education Week, and Yarmouth Students in all grade levels will be provided opportunities for participation.  A preferred opportunity will be provided through the Hour of Code, an international effort to teach computer programming and generate student interest in coding.  From their website, “Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.”

Rowe School

At Rowe School, Kindergarten classes will be introduced to “Turtle Logic” which is an iPad app that teaches sequencing, planning and moving in patterns. First Grade students will use the iPad app “Kodable” which has been set up for each individual student to accomplish levels and move on as they are ready. The students learn problem solving, computational thinking, sequencing, conditions, loops, functions and debugging. These introductions to programming will provide background knowledge for use with the KIBO robots and Bluebots provided by the Yarmouth Education Foundation for each classroom.

Yarmouth Elementary School

Second- and Third-graders at YES have already been introduced to the app “Scratch Jr.” For the Hour of Code they will use the “CodeSpark Academy” app called “The Foos”. It is designed to help students learn about Loops, Sequences, Events and Conditionals. Students have individual accounts and move at their own pace.  Third graders also may access the Lightbot app or the Scratch Jr. app on their iPads.

Fourth grade students who have had several years with Hour of Code will access the Hour of Code website (https://code.org/learn) and select an appropriate learning tutorial and activity.

In all of these activities students will work with partners or in small groups, sharing their exploration and learning. Many of the Hour of Code activities will continue to be supported by teachers for the rest of the school year as they fit with math and other curriculum areas.

Harrison Middle School

HMS Students will each be provided at least one period during Math classes to participate in the Hour of Code. Students are being directed to the Hour of Code website (https://code.org/learn) to select a tutorial that they find most interesting. Students will also be able to participate during their study halls throughout the week.

Yarmouth High School

YHS will be offering Hour of Code activities from the website (https://code.org/learn) and other sites in the Innovation Lab throughout Computer Science Education Week. Students will also be able to participate in Hour of Code activities during their study halls. On December 12, ninth grade students will participate in an Innovation Hour, where they will each choose from two different computer science activities. The activities will include different coding choices as well as a tour of the Technology Education Lab.

We are fortunate to be able to provide these activities, and many ongoing technology-based activities, due to the support of the community and the expertise of our technology and instructional staff.  Through our operational budget (largely paid for through local taxes) and significant contributions from entities such as the Yarmouth Education Foundation and the Yarmouth Parent Teacher Organization, classrooms in the Yarmouth Schools are outfitted with exceptional instructional technology. 

We hope all of our students enjoy the Hour of Code!