BALDWIN'S ONLINE RESOURCES
LEARNING TO CODE USING ROBOTS
Introducing... Dash & Dot! These sweet robots came to us from Wonder Workshop as part of a pilot project we were chosen to participate in. They are programmed to run using an easy to understand app that is installed on our iPads. Students select blocks that represent commands or control sturctures and arrange these to create a program that can immediately be executed and through observation, easily debugged. Kids learn basic coding concepts (Loops, Conditionals, Debugging) while also using math skills they have learned in class (math facts, algorithms, order, logic, sequence, angles/degrees, etc.).
Minecraft as a teaching tool? You bet! This popular sandbox game is digital building blocks and so much more. We are using a modified version that is made specifically for schools. Some of our teachers are using MinecraftEdu as a teaching tool during lab time. Students use blocks in Minecraft as manipulatives to better understand math concepts, re-create pivotal scenes from novels as part of a book report, and take adventures together where beginning readers must use their reading skills in order to know how to get through each phase. We are also beginning to explore ComputerCraftEduthis year. Students learn to code by programming in-game robots mixing computer science concepts, computational thinking and math while 'playing'.
BOBCATS CAN CODE!
Since 2014, Baldwin has been joining forces withCode.org to introduce Computer Science to our students. Watch this video for an explanation of why it is so important for all students. The program contains easy to understand puzzles that teach the fundamentals of computational thinking. The interface used is Blockly which is the same interface that our robots Dash & Dot use. Your child can also access this from home and continue at their own pace by visiting our Symbaloo page. Click on the CODE icon, grade level and then your child's name.
CLOUD COMPUTING WITH GOOGLE APPS
This year all of our 2nd through 5th graders will become familiar with and begin using the apps available to all students through their AISD student cloud account. Students use their student ID and password to access their own cloud platform from which they have access to Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms and Sites. Gmail is not available to students until they reach middle school. Teachers can assign work, create surveys, classroom blogs, initiate online discussions between the entire class and so much more. We are just getting started! Students can access the work they create in this platform from anywhere and from any device that has an internet connection. Find the link under Quick Links, through our Symbaloo page or here.
Contact Ashley Trevino with any questions.