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Roosevelt Students Code in Class

RooseveltCode4Every computer program, smart phone app, and website around us is built with countless lines of code. Coding is the language written into the technology we use every day.

For that reason, technology teacher Carol Chaloux was excited to expose her Roosevelt Middle School students to the power of coding by participating in the Hour of Code on Thursday, December 11.

A global event taking place December 8-12, Hour of Code is open to all grades and subject areas. Teachers assign challenging performance tasks that introduce computer science skills into their lessons. Outside of JPPSS, 59 million students have completed an Hour of Code.

Chaloux found her lesson on code.org, a site that lays out ready-made coding activities for teachers. She used game-like tutorials featuring characters like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Then, her students worked to create their own  computer program by writing basic algorithms.

Chaloux said her students are actively engaged in the project. “They are finishing their One Hour certification in other labs and at home.”

Tyler Mallet, the district’s director of instructional technology, was on hand to observe Chaloux’s students as they practiced important reasoning skills through coding.

“At the end of the day, preparing our students to collaborate and solve problems is always the goal,” he said. “We are excited to see them strengthening those skills in innovative ways.”

This school year, Roosevelt’s principal John Olson set up blended learning labs to differentiate and extend instruction. In addition to whole-group lessons, teachers facilitate regularly scheduled, computer-aided labs in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

For more Hour of Code lesson ideas, see Coding is the New SuperPower by Kelly Maher, a JPPSS distinguished digital educator and teacher at Patrick Taylor Academy. See below for more photos from the Hour of Code event in Chaloux’s classroom.