Hour of Code: Take the Challenge!

I’m lookin’ at my Rollie, it’s about that time. Time for Hour of Code! I do love a good challenge, so I thought I’d share this idea with you. Presenter has a built in tool called CodeWise. CodeWise is a tool that students of all ages can use to help with teaching coding skills. CodeWise teaches students the basics of computer coding. The students create a code Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 12.38.17 PMof simple commands to help their character get to the end goal. You can change the background to one of Prowise’s 4 built in backgrounds. If those backgrounds do not meet the needs of your lesson, simply click on the images button in the lower left hand corner, type in the search bar the kind of picture you are looking for, find the perfect picture, and add it. After changing the transparency level of the picture you can now add it as a background for your CodeWise. You can watch a video on this from my blog post titled “Hour of Code”.

Now, for the fun challenge that will not take up any of your planning period to put together nor will it cause you any great headache to clean up. Using CodeWise, change the background to the alphabet background. Start by challenging the students to get the CodeWise character to spell their name using the program and copy the code on a piece of paper. Mix the papers up, hand them back out to different students and see if the students can guess the name of the creator of that code!

Take it to a whole, nutha’ leva’. Give the class a specific word like the name of your school or state. Challenge the students to see who can not only write the code to make the CodeWise character spell the word, but who can do it in the least number of commands!

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