Coding with Grade 6 and 7’s

Mr. Rogers’ class is learning about Ratios in Math!  So why not created a Ratio Video Game with Scratch!  We have just begun but I believe that this is the start of something very inspiring…

 

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Our Gifted Program

I am loving doing the gifted program at James Kennedy Elementary!  Their tasks this month ranged from Sphero doing jumps to completing Osmo Coding Levels to creating a marching band sequence with  our new xylophones for our Dashes!!!!!  So much inspired learning and fun!

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Sharing The Inspire Project

I was privileged to share at Ignite Innovation BC about The Inspire Project.  I was told it was the largest Ignite in BC with 400 sold out tickets to listen to various innovative projects happening in school and districts around the province.  Here’s my video of The Inspire Project in 5 minutes… Ignite style.

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Walnut Code at Topham

My student teacher Jay Kim and I had so much fun at Topham Elementary School on Wednesday doing Walnut Code!  The Topham students and teachers were wonderfully joyful over our codeable robots.  Mr.Bernier was having a blast with learning how to control a Codeybot!  Thanks for having us and have fun Robot-Sitting!

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Ignite Innovation BC

We had a great time at Ignite Innovation BC at Science World on Tuesday night being inspired by the innovative ways in education across BC.  From collaborative art to reflective learning to reshaping the timetable and reporting.  It was wonderful to share our journey of The Inspire Project.  It’s wonderful to hear about the amazing things happening in BC!  Way to go BC.

 

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4th Annual Inspire Day!

We were inspired today!  We had the privilege to have Saju Abraham from Left of the Dot Media join us to share why he loves being a coder and the difference it’s making in this world.  We also had the opportunity to learn from David Wu from Trinity Western University where he taught us ‘Pi in The Valley’.  We had a visit from Mayra Gorban from Kids Code Jeunesse.  In addition to this star studded cast, we had Josette Dandurand an elder from the Kwantlen First Nation congratulation our Inspired students with certificates.  After this excitement we had an INSPIRE Showcase in the gym!  Wow!  What a day!

Here’s some photos…

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Activity 1: Computation Thinking

Here is my “Activity 1 worksheet” for our INSPIRE Day today!

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Activity 1: BC Computational Thinking Curriculum

 

Today at James Kennedy, we had an INSPIRE Day with selected students in the Aboriginal and Gifted programs.  We delved into coding with Raspberry Pi, robots and an unplugged Coding activity.  This activity came from the Train the Trainer program I took in Chilliwack by the BC Tech Strategy team of Lighthouse and Kids Coding Jeunesse. This is the first activity for the  Computational Thinking in the Classroom curriculum.  It was a blast!  The first video are students reflections, the second video are thoughts from our Aboriginal worker and the third video are students doing the unplugged code.  What an inspired time we had!

 

 

 

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Left of the Dot

This has been an inspiring week for us!  Left of the Dot app developer company in Maple Ridge opened their doors to one of our James Kennedy classes.  What a treat!

We got to see their values in action through their creative room to the history of the company to hands on coding opportunities.  Thank you Left of the Dot you all have inspired many!

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November Gifted Afternoon

So what do you get when you put a group of gifted students, codeable robots and a list of coding challenges… An amazing afternoon!   Each student received an Inspire journal for reflection with a sheet of inquiry questions to journal on throughout this year in the Gifted Inspire Program.  We also chatted about our upcoming Inspire Day on December 5th (more details to follow)!

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