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French American and International students participated in Hour of Code, a global movement to teach students of any age how to code.
Each grade level (grades 1-5) dedicated a portion of their week to learning the basics of programming. Projects included:
- 5th grade students practiced writing lines of code with Karel the dog
- 4th grade students used this Block Programming Resource
- 3rd grade students used programming basics to help Elsa and Arendelle to design snow flakes
- 2nd grade students learned Visual Block guiding an angry bird through a maze
- 1st graders practiced coding using the APP Kodable.
During the week, every middle school student practiced coding for at least one class period, and some lucky students got to code during several classes. Students used iPad apps like Hopscotch, Run Marco!, Pyonkee, Codecademy, and Swiftly. Students also enjoyed a presentation by a former International High School student, Claire Treyz of MakeSchool.
The Hour of Code was celebrated throughout all disciplines and subjects--from Math to Science to English to Art and Design. Teachers opened their classrooms to the Hour of Code and even wrote a few lines of code, too, including: Barbara Abecassis, Eva Monova, Nate Bridge, Hilary Sy-Quia, Nancy Saussac, David Gomes, and Caroline Boussenot.
The school hopes to keep the spirt of the Hour of Code going throughout the year and is looking at ways to provide more opportunities for our students to learn coding and programming.
View an example of middle school student work completed during Hour of code.
Note: this game was programmed in Hopscotch. You will need to download the Hopscotch to view it on the iPad.
High School Our high school students also jumped at the chance to participate in the Hour of Code. The library was abuzz with students learning to code on game-based programs like Code Monkey or Code Combat. Several students honed their Python coding skills on Codecademy and Khan Academy - Hour of Code. Catherine Sullivan's advisory class and Katia Aouat's French class wrote more than 300 lines of code during their Hour of Code activities.
Interest in Computer Sciences and coding is growing with students and teachers
- Lower school students can take advantage of the Tinker Lab and After School Extracurricular classes, such as Minecraft and Beyond or Intro to Programming and Game Design.
- Middle school students can signup for ExploRClasses (Scratch, FAIS Creates, Sparki the Robot, and Technovation).
- High school students can take blended and online classes offered through International High School.