Earlier this month schools from all around Vermont joined schools in 180+countries to celebrate Computer Science Education Week by participating in Hour of Code. We saw students developing computational thinking skills as they worked through some of the many tutorials on Code.org’s website while others participated in special events organized in their community.
|Hyde Park Elementary School w/visitor Secretary of Education, Dan French|
At the end of the week students in Windham SE Supervisory Union at the Academy School, Putney School, and Guilford school were treated to a coding experience using Apple Swift Playground -- a platform that Apple has devised for the iPad.
|Peter Drescher & Greg Young, AOE, Brian Schwartz, Green Mountain Tech Center, Lucy Rogers, Lamoille County Representative, (newly elected).|
But as many Vermont educators will tell you, there goal is not limited to providing students with ONE hour of Code, but to use that Hour to launch deeper experiences around computer science for Vermont students and educators.
Vermont School Librarians, Donna McDonald (Orchard School) and Joanne Allen (Enosburg Elementary School) were honored for their commitment to integrating code in their libraries. Libraries.
Vermont’s Agency of Education has joined with University of Vermont, Code.org, and Vermont Virtual in a new alliance aimed an increasing access to computer science education to all K-12 students. Through this statewide partnership, VCSA is broadening access to professional learning opportunities for schools and educators. You can find more information about this Vermont Alliance, including Summer PD from the Alliance and Code.org PD from the Alliance
Over 125 Vermont schools participated in Hour of Code Events this year and as you can tell from pictures through Vermont, the experience brought smiles to both students and teachers.