Lake Dallas ISD joined the worldwide effort to celebrate computer science with the Hour of Code in late December. Every LDISD campus participated in the global event that reached at least 180 countries and hundreds of millions of students worldwide.
The Hour of Code event started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” and show that anyone can learn the basics of coding. It has grown to be a huge event worldwide.
Lake Dallas Middle School participated in the event through the science department. Each student created an account on code.org and started working through the coding modules.
“The students loved it!” Ms. Desi Beard, LDMS Librarian reported. “Some had already been exposed to coding through robotics club and other advanced math and science classes, but it was all new to many students. We were able to reach every student present in our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science classes by the end of the Hour of Code week.”
Lake Dallas Elementary also had 100% participation as they used Code.org and Kodable for their activities.
"The Hour of Code is both beneficial and rewarding,” Dr. Jennifer Perry, LDE Principal said. “It teaches students new ways of thinking, and students gain confidence in their problem-solving skills while having a great time. Computer Science fuels student success in the 21st century - I’m thrilled LDE had such fantastic participation."
Robyn Hirneise, 2nd grade teacher, noted that the Hour of Code allowed some of her students that might struggle with pencil and paper tasks to excel.
“Not only was this success a great confidence booster for them, but it allowed me as an educator to see what type of learner they are and how I can incorporate technology to meet their learning style,” Mrs. Hirneise said.
Corinth Elementary participated in the Hour of Code by scheduling each their classes in the computer lab where they accessed lessons on Code.org, Scratch, Tynker and Blockly.
“The students were very engaged and excited about the activities,” Mrs. Michele Richey, Technology Integration Specialist said. “They were able to code their own games such as Angry Birds and Minecraft. Each student received a certificate of completion at the end of the week. Many students have told me that they access the coding activities on their own time now!”
The Hour of Code has sparked new and renewed interest in technology, and the district will continue to provide opportunities for students to develop a life-long learning of this language of the future – coding.