Last year, our first and second grade students had a weekly tech time where we explored the elements and skills of coding. Because time is very tight this year with two new curriculums in our lower elementary grades, all tech has to be carefully planned and seamlessly integrated into class time.
That doesn't mean we're not coding, though!
Scratch Jr. + snap words = Better Together!
Second graders used the Scratch Jr. app on the iPads to code their snap words during phonics. They learned how to make the letters and words spin and dance across colorfully illustrated backdrops. They explored if/then codes and learned how to create trigger events. They marveled at how a tiny adjustment in the code could make a big difference in the outcome!
They had a blast in the process!
I'm always looking for new ways to slide technology into our days - this one was a winner!