Monday, December 7, 2015

Vermont Hour of Code 2015 Day 1 Summary

As our Bluebird bus drove by mesas, cacti and other desert landscape on our way from New Mexico to Tucson, I spent the day gazing outside my  the passenger window (my mobile office)  while pursuing one of my passions- fueling innovation and creativity in our schools. 

My day was filled with opportunities to encourage students and teachers to participate in Hour of Code week. The day started by helping Peter Drescher from the Agency of Education facilitate a guest speaker through video conference with the fourth grade students at Chamberlin School.

Megan Harney from Midas Education explained to the class that computer programming was all about conditionals and loops.  She helped the students think about different things in their lives that used conditionals and loops ranging from deciding on whether to use an umbrella to shoveling snow. 

The students chimed in with their own question. One student asked for advice on getting more girls to like coding, explaining that she herself LOVED programming.   Megan’s advice was spot on -  Just do it, and the more you do it, the more confidence you will feel. The advice was encouraging!  However, Megan did go on to say that all the programmers she works with are male.

You can watch Megan Harney's complete guest visit to Chamberlin School here

After their video conference with their guest speaker, the fourth graders from Chamberlin school  ran off to do some of their own coding using Scratch.  Their goal was to complete Google’s CS-First’s Hour of Code Lesson - Sailing the High Seas to learn how to code using Scratch and then to use a Makey Makey  to control the action of the waves and to trigger some suspicion noises in their storyline.

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Cali Flickinger on her Hour of Code plans, which lead to my creating this Hour of Code Mash-up of three of my favorite resources:  Makey Makey, Scratch, and CS-First. 

The rest of the day I watched new photos emerged on  Vermont’s Hour of Code site -         

See Larger Versions of the Day 1 Stream here

and updates on Twitter.  So proud of my Vermont colleagues for participating in this event and being part of the Vermont school presence in this fantastic event.   Go Vermont

SO many options for this year's #HourOfCode! Thanks, @codeorg! @OrchardVT Ss still love @AngryBirds!


Pointing out #HourOfCode problems/solutions by @OrchardVT 1st graders.

Chamberlin School Virtual Field Trip

Megan Harney from Midas Education talks about her coding skills with Chamberlin students on first day of Hour of Code

Chamberlin School host Guest Speaker

Chamberlain School host Megan Harney as part of Guest speaker series sponsored by Agency of Education, Vita-Learn, and Vermont GEG

Northfield Elementary School logs 5 hours of code on day 1

Hour of Code at JJ Flynn

Math is very engaging at JJ Flynn during Hour of Code week.

Kevin Grace


Students at @OrchardVT are all smiles after completing their #HourOfCode.

Of course, #HourOfCode @Minecraft is a HUGE hit for students at @OrchardVT.

So much learning happening at @OrchardVT w @monstercoding for #HourOfCode!!

Team Dreams and Enterprise coding at Shelburne Community School


"One can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.  "When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day.  Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

-Lewis Carroll,  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

3rd graders from @OrchardVT look "under the hood" of their #HourOfCode solution.

Many proud @OrchardVT students have completed their #HourOfCode!! (And want much more!)

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald
ISTE Librarians Network Past President
Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Orchard School
2 Baldwin Avenue
South Burlington, VT  05403

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Mr. Bolger's 1-2 Class from ABS @wsdvt learning to code today #HourOfCode

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Video tutorials for #HourOfCode are quite helpful for @OrchardVT students.

Students at @OrchardVT give #HourOfCode a definite THUMBS UP!!

"Brains at Work" w #HourOfCode at @OrchardVT!!