Dec 18, 2015

Hour of Code 2015

Students in our district joined millions of students around the world in the Hour of Code last week. This year, we had well over 4,000 students participate! A special thank you to Blackford, Campbell Middle School, Capri, Forest Hill, Marshall Lane, and Village for having 100% of their students participate! I started a collaborative celebration wall this year, for classes around the district to share photos:

Favorite coding classroom web-based resources this year were: Star Wars, Minecraft, Frozen, and Angry Birds lessons, Code Studio, Tynker, Code Monkey, and Google CS First. Favorite iPad Apps included: Blue-bot, Hopscotch, Kodable, and Scratch Jr.

My personal favorite coding activities were using the robots from our STEAM Resource Libraries! Some of our TK - 2nd grade classes used the Blue-bots for literacy and math centers. One class even had used Blue-bot to write and draw with markers! Some of our 3rd - 5th grade classes coded Dash Robots and our middle school classes coded the Sphero Robots. 

I am so thankful and inspired by our teachers and students who are continually trying new things with and taking risks every day!

Dec 7, 2015

Hour of Code 2015

The Hour of Code and Computer Science week are here! Thank you all for your excitement and enthusiasm! Five of our schools, Forest Hill, Village, Marshall Lane, Capri, and Campbell Middle School have committed to having 100% of their students participate this week! They will be receiving a special 100% banner to hang proudly at their school! Some schools may even have a visit from a special guest later this week!

It's not too late to have your class participate! The main website is: and additional resources are available at: Many classes are also planning to have students use the Dash, Sphero, and Blue-bot robots for their Hour of Code!

Please post your favorite photo of your class coding on the CUSD Hour of Code Celebration Wall: Check back regularly to show your class pictures of students around the district all coding together!