Academy teachers gain info from coding workshop

Three Academy teachers participated in an intensive eight-hour coding workshop to implement coding into classrooms.

Librarian Kellie Fase, sixth grade teacher Stephanie Brown and tech coordinator Alyssa Myers attended the workshop at Momilani Elementary School.

The workshop was facilitated by Shane Asselstine who is the Curriculum and Technology Coordinator at Momilani Elementary School. It was sponsored by Code.org which is a national coding initiative.

The workshop taught elementary and high school teachers from around the state about Code Studio, a coding curriculum made by Code.org.

Fase said, “In the workshop, we participated in unplugged coding lessons which is coding without the use of computers. There were also simulated lessons using coding vocabulary. We shared how we would make the lessons better when we took them back to the classroom.”

Myers said, “The workshop taught us that there is something for everyone to learn.”

Science teacher Dawn Robertson and Fase attended a 20-hour accelerated course and are using the information in the Coding I class.

Brown said, “I will certainly highlight these unplugged activities to guide the students through the four different level courses that I am planning to teach to the first through sixth graders this year. We have already begun this year by doing three different unplugged activities before even getting onto the iPads.”

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