Hour of Code invades GMSD classrooms
This year the national and annual Hour of Code week took place December 5th-11th. The week provided regular classroom teachers an opportunity to incorporate computer programming into their normal class curriculum. “Students love to program—it makes them feel accomplished and cool—and they are instantly engaged in the lessons,” shared the district STEM coordinator Missy Abel.
Coding builds skills that are important to every content area and grade level
Abel along with several other GMSD teachers have spent some time locally as well as nationally learning about the process and merits of coding in the classroom. This month Christa Phillips, GMSD Lead STEM teacher, partnered with Jessica Minton, HHS science teacher (and member of the TN STEM Leadership Council) to prepare Germantown teachers for the big (Hour of Code) week.
The pair led two PD sessions offered to all elementary and middle school teachers integrating computer programming in their regular classroom curriculum.
Teachers from across the district attend the coding workshop.
“Aside from being fun and engaging for the students, coding builds skills that are important to every content area and grade level: logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration and communication,” writes Abel about the merits of coding.
An overview of the Hour of Code professional development session covered things like Scratch, Tinker, and Robotics (both PLTW VEX Forces/Interactions and Finch robots).
The sessions enjoyed a great turnout and will most likely be repeated due to popular demand.
Check out pictures from the Hour of Code below: