Orange Schools participated this past week in an "Hour of Code" as part of a celebration of Computer Science Week. The idea is that computing serves as a foundation in transforming the way a student thinks about the world. It not only teaches students about technology, it also teaches them how to think differently about any problem...and puts students on a path toward some of the highest paying, fastest growing jobs in America (according to "Making Computer Science Fundamental to K-12 Education: Eight Policy Ideas").
On Friday, BMS students under the guidance of Technology Integration Specialist Jake Miller participated in an "Hour of Code" where they had the opportunity to watch a video about coding and then could choose their favorite from a list of topics including Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, among others. 'Super Coders' who have experience coding were able to do advanced work. Even the teachers and administrators got into the act!
At MHS, students in 2nd - 5th played coding games during their Innovations Class. The innovations class is a technology skills class that Technology Integration Specialist Eddie Evans co-teaches with the classroom teachers. The games are linked on his coding page at https://sites.google.com/a/orangecsd.org/mhsevans/learntocode
And at OHS, Technology Integration Specialist Nghia Harvey and librarian Joanna McNally oversaw the "hour of code"which actually lasted all week! A lab in the Media Center was reserved for classes and students to come in and spend time coding whenever they were available to do so.
The hope is that the students will expand their knowledge base further as learning to code goes beyond general computing. Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft stated, “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”