Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hour of Code

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In many schools across the country, students are participating in the "Hour of Code." This is a worldwide effort to teach students about computer science.

In the lab, we use coding on a daily basis, so I'm stepping up the challenge for the Hour of Code week.

You need to get a screenshot of your accomplishments and improvement on your portfolio for the work that you are doing.  We can try using SnagIt, but if we have problems, I might have some other ideas.

Here are some websites that will really help you improve your skills and have some crazy fun. We don't have a login for these, so you'll have to choose to "start a new game" each time you play. I think some students have found a way to play some of thes through the code.org website in the past. If you can teach me how to do that, that will be awesome.

1. Lightbot: Great beginner tutorial and super fun to play and learn. You will learn quickly on this one! I will pay one golden ticket to the highest level at the end of class for this game!

2. Code Combat: An actual video game you play with code. We don't have a login, so you'll have to choose "Start New Game" each time you play. I think some students have found a way to play this through the code.org website in the past. If you can teach me how to do that, that will be awesome. This activity does have Google Login!

3. Khan Academy Drawing with JavaScript...

4. Mystery Island Coding Quest: This one looks like bunches of fun.

5. Run Marco: An easy and fun game. Again, you'll learn fast here. This one's great for beginners.

6. Tynker: All sorts of fun games and tutorials to choose from...
Class Code: 37907928

7. Scratch: Program your own stories and games...

8. RoboMind Academy: Program a robot!

9. Ninja Kitchen on BrainPop: Current Lobos Lab record is level 11! I will pay one ticket to the highest level on this one a golden ticket at the end of each class.

10. Code Avengers: Build a game in 30 minutes!

Bonus: 40x escape... An ABCYa Game you're actually allowed to play! The first person to show me a screenshot on your portfolio proving that you completed the game wins a prize. I will pay the highest level a golden ticket at the end of class!

~Mr. Moore

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