Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hour of Code and the Coder Express

Tis the season for...CODING! December 8th through the 14th marks a celebration of computer programming known as the Hour of Code. Last year celebrated the Hour of Code with tens of millions of students and teachers all learning to code. Programming and coding jobs are the wave of the future and Pond Cove and many other elementary schools want to set our students up for success.

Starting Monday Dec. 8th, students in grades K-4, along with their teachers, will learn what coding is and how to code. We will first learn what code actually means, and we will then try to "code" a student to turn the lights off in a classroom. Students will then use apps to learn the basics of coding. Kindergarten and first grade students will use the free app Kodable.  Second grade students will use the free app Scratch Jr.  3rd and 4th grade students will use the free app LightBot.

On Tuesday, December 16th we are happy to invite families to "The Coder Express"--a Polar Express Themed coding event from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Pond Cove / Middle School Cafetorium.  We will be celebrating our week of code by putting on our favorite pajamas, bringing a stuffy or pillow, and spending an hour teaching our families how to code. Families will receive an iPad to use during their hour, which will have the apps already loaded.  Families will also receive a bookmarked page leading to and their hour of code activities. Tech Elves will be available to help with any technology needs, and the PCPA will be offering hot chocolate and cookies.

Please follow the links below for each of the free coding apps we will be using as well as the link for Hope to see you all there. Merry Coding and a Happy New Year!

Kodable App for K-1
Lightbot App for 3-4
Scratch Jr. App for 2nd Grade

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome Back!

I am so excited to once again be the Technology Integrator at Pond Cove Elementary School. I know that this is going to be a great year. We are already working on iPad projects, Google Docs, and Lego Robotics. I look forward to seeing everyone at our open house!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Digital Citizenship

We were so fortunate here to be a part of the iTeam Radio broadcast today! Our topic was Digital Citizenship, and how we would promote it at our school. Please check out the recently updated Digital Citizenship page for some great resources. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Area and Perimeter

Attention 4th Grade students! There are new videos and games about perimeter and area. The videos include songs/raps, as well as a real world example. The games are fun too. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

QR codes for visiting authors

There are strange looking codes all over Pond Cove! These QR codes can be scanned on any mobile device and will give you some more information about our upcoming visiting author. Next time you are in the building, try a scan. If you have any questions about the process, come and visit me in the lab and I would be happy to help.

Fractions and Decimals

There are more fractions and decimals games on the Fourth Grade page. There are also two videos from LearnZillion, a great educational resource! Games include, adding and subtracting with like and unlike denominators, as well as converting fractions to decimals. Enjoy!