Hour of Code is coming! Are you prepared? Ugh! Think of all the cardboard boxes you’re going to have to collect and all of the extra time spent at school grading the Hour of Code projects as they will be too much of a hassle to take home. Oh, the headache.
Well, here is some pain reliever for that headache! Presenter just did a software update and it is nothing short of Er-Mazing (pronounced Amazing…only different)! The timing for this update and what it contains could not have come at a better time. Prowise has added a CodeWise tool in the built in tools. Here students can create a code, change the character, and even change the background.
A few helpful tips. The “up” arrow moves your character forward only. The “down” arrow moves your character backwards only. If you want to turn your character, you need to use the turn arrow to turn, then the up arrow to move forward. Yeah, it took me a few times before I was able to “level-up”.
The great thing about all of the tools being in one spot, is that I can change the background of the map. I am not stuck with the maps/backgrounds Prowise has given me. I just need to do a web search for the background I want, insert it, then change the transparency settings.
One last thing before you leave me and begin playing with CodeWise. If you are doing a lesson on community, you could insert a map of your town using the Prowise tool, “Geography USA”, type in your address, and use that as the background. Have students navigate around their own town! Have fun, fellow Coder, and enjoy!