Shane S▸ U2: Algorithms & Programming

Our school is an Apple Device School. This has presented a problem when trying to use Scratch. For our Ipad's we use an App called Pyonkee. it is a similar environment to Scratch. While not perfect it provides a solution at the moment. I created a number of heavily scaffold sheets that guide students through the block coding environment to allow them to become familiar with the coding blocks and their functions. Below is one of the lessons that I run where students must create a coordinate hit or miss game. Students have each section explained to them on the sheet. I then move freely around the room where I can assist students who are having trouble. This also allows more able students to work at their own pace. At key points along the lesson I will stop students to explain in further the reasoning behind the blocks and what they are doing in their code. These sheets can easily be adopted to Scratch as well. Below is a screen shot of the lesson plan students are given. I have also now begun incorporating debugging using these games where students create a problem with the code once finished and give it to another student to try and correct or solve, since they are all familiar with the code of the game. I currently run these activities with Year 5 and 6 students.

Providing students with immediate success with coding has started to create a much more powerful and stronger culture when attempting to create or design with it rather than trying to explain it in complete detail. Students become more confident and willing to take risks with code by learning this way. If you would like any of these please let me know and I would be happy to send them to you.


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