Coding in the Classroom Webinar: Chat Transcript

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      Sandra  Chow:Hi everyone! Welcome!

      Sandra  Chow:If you can hear the music type in the chat so we know your sound is working.

      Nicola:i hear your voice not music

      Nicola:yes i do

      Kyle:There's the twang!!!


      Jerry:oh, its funky alright!

      Peter:I can hear it too.

      Jerry:Jerry - Technology Resource Teacher in Thunder Bay (TBCDSB)

      Lisa Floyd:We can hear it;)

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Hi Jerry!

      Nicola:Nicola - elementary teacher from Ottawa

      Christina:Christina Lucciantonio from Lively. Hear the music. Teach grade 4.

      Andrew:Andrew from Gatineau - National Educational consultant in Coding

      Jerry:Hi Stacey!  A fellow Northerner!

      Tyson:Tyson- Learning & Tech Teacher- Beautiful Ottawa Valley!

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:We have to stick together!

      Warren:Warren from Winnipeg. Gr 7 & 8.

      Lisa Floyd:I recognize some of these people:)

      Kyle:Down here in Niagara! Tech Integrator

      Peter:Gr 7 teacher (Math, History, Dance/Drama, Music), Toronto

      Matt:Grade 7 teacher from Ottawa


      Elizabeth:classroom teacher but thanks to a TLLP I along with two other primary teachers can share with teachers in other schools in our district  what we know about coding and robotics

      Donna:Donna London Ontario Special Education Teacher

      Erin O'Rourke:If you are having issues with your audio, go to the Meeting Menu and going through the Audio Setup Wizard and this might help to resolve any issues you might have.

      Rola:Conratulation Erin:)

      Erin O'

      Rola:Rola from Ottawa and excited to join tonight

      Christina:They are a dynamic duo. And bet their kids are dynamic too.

      Andrew:Elizabeth - where are you located?

      Elizabeth:Bottom of the Province - Kingsville Ontario

      Andrew:Cool.  Would love to see your TLLP

      Elizabeth:Andrew, what about you?

      Andrew:Gatineau - Ottawa

      Elizabeth:OK.  Not sure how we can connect.  Via email?






      Jenn Benedetti:hello! Jenn Benedetti Grade 5/6 teacher!




      Sandra  Chow:Feel free to use the poll


      Donna:B+   C-

      Elizabeth:C.  Can;'t ever know it all!


      Sandra  Chow:please feel free to type your questions here.

      Jenn Benedetti:B

      Sandra  Chow:Not long. Thorough definition.

      Noel Abraham:Do you recommend any resource to read more about computational thinking?

      Sandra  Chow:Please keep these questions coming. We will collect so we can answer them at the end.

      Lisa Floyd:We'llbe sure to talk about that Noel:)

      Lisa Floyd:Questions are super helpful so that we can add to the teachontario hub:)

      Donna:Im here

      Noel Abraham:which tools are suitable for Grade 1 to 3?

      Lisa Floyd:great question:)  Scratchjr and beebot

      Lisa Floyd:dash and dot

      Kiran:Do any of you know if your Board has an inventory of say, Bots or Makey Make?

      Lisa Floyd:Many of the boards I work with do, but would be great to hear from everyone on here

      Christina:Sudbury CDSB has spheros and ozobots.

      Jerry:At TBCDSB, we are deploying Dash and Dots to our K-6 schools.  ten kits each with dedicated ipads

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Jerry- good idea- complete kids- reduce the obstacles

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:That's what we did. Expensive but worth it

      Kiran:That's good to know. I need to check if TDSB has kits to borrow so we can play.

      Melissa Pennarun: Our school and schools in Peel do. So many options depending on students' ages. We are K-5.

      Kyle:Younger Ss really like using Ozobots in my district.

      Sandra  Chow:Dash & Dot also has an amazing competition running every year suitable for Elementary

      Jerry:What is a good grade range for Dash/Dots?

      Lisa Floyd:usually it's recommended up to grade 4

      Jill:Every school at DSB North East has an inventory of BeeBots, Kibo, sphero, dot and dash, Makey Makey, little bits, LEGO Wedo, lego mindstorms etc. in elementary schools

      Sandra  Chow:

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:We deployed 1-2 but given our combined classes we have Sk-3 using

      Melissa Pennarun:Kindergarten students love Dash n Dot

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:+Melissa- agree!

      Kiran:It's been so good for kids to run their programs to see what works and needs to change.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:The immediate feedback piece for students is powerful. They love to persevere to get the robot to do what they want it to do!

      Sandra  Chow:

      Kiran:Are their communities/organizations through which teachers can build their coding skills?


      Melissa Pennarun:rap rap rap

      Matt:EV3s are popular in the Ottawa area with grades 5-8 students and VEX is starting to grow in popularity.

      Melissa Pennarun:Cool to hear about coding integrated with Language curriculum!

      Jerry:Grade with Sphero?

      Elizabeth:I like ScratchJr and Scratch the best because of the democratic nature of them - no cost.  It levels the playing field for ALL our students.  Devices such as DASH and BlueBots are wonderful if schools or other purchase them for students but we must be aware of not putting that on our families to provide them for their children.

      Scott McKenzie:Sphero Kindergarten through to high school

      Melissa Pennarun:We've used Spheros with our K to 5 students. They also challenge me as a 37 year old.

      Jerry:atta girl Stacey!!

      Scott McKenzie:Spheroedu app for Chromebooks, and iPads/Android has a draw code screen that allows Kindergarten students to create their program and then run their program.

      Sandra  Chow:

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      Scott McKenzie:My Grade 3 students were so proud and excited to share their learning. It was a great experience all around!

      Lisa Floyd:Yes Kiran.... send me a message... happy to help:)

      Lisa Floyd:#sgdsbcodes

      Peter:My class just had a session on MIT App Inventor. They made simple apps and put them onto Android tablets. Great session, and free online platform.

      Kiran:thanks Lisa. Will do.

      Lisa Floyd:Love the colearning with students.

      Jonelle:Any other recomendations for ways to incorporate code in different subject areas?

      @aforgrave (Andrew):Next up, a circle!

      Lisa Floyd:Yes!  Love it Andrew:)

      Scott McKenzie:Jonelle, teach your students how to code and give them the option to use it to share their learning in any subject area and see what they come up with!

      Peter:Jonelle, Scratch can be used to create video games based on Social Studies themes. Worked well in the past for me.

      Donna:I am not a coder- I am a learner-- Love these words. Thank you Stacey- makes us all feel good for where we are at.

      Scott McKenzie:They can code Interactive posters, create animated videos that explain science concepts, they can create characters and backdrops for Art in Scratch/Scratch Jr to create a story, the story can be a Creative Writing project.

      Steve Floyd:Who votes for Stacey hosting the next webinar??? Wow! Well said!

      Melissa Pennarun:So much here! Awesome webinar!

      Scott McKenzie:Stacey -- You are a Coder!!

      Lisa Floyd:Yes, I agree Scott

      Lisa Floyd:AHHHHH my favourite subject!

      @aforgrave (Andrew):Make peace with math ....

      Kiran:Kids can compose music/sounds that get added to a project.

      Jerry:Well said Stacey!

      Lisa Floyd:@wallwins

      Scott McKenzie:Coding makes my students love Math even more than they did before!

      Sandra  Chow:Thanks trekking through the snow to join us! We were so blessed to have you share today.

      Christina:So very true Scott.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:@WallwinS- Feel free to reach out

      Warren:coding is math in a desiguise

      Peter:Exactly, Warren!

      Sandra  Chow:Yes and Scott your wisdom and experience is inspiring.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:We also leverage Technology Champions in our Board via the CODE funding- develop leadership and gives a voice to tech integration at staff meetings and PD days

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Communicate Communicate Communiate- newsletters, twitter, videos,tutorials

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:and of course Relationships Relationships Relationships

      Donna:We had a co-op student from secondary do a placement in elementary to help us learn

      Peter:To help get other teachers started, Google CS First has a great curriculum for use with Scratch. It has step by step thorough instructions and guidelines.

      Jerry:good idea Donna!

      Rola:The students enjoy teaming up with many classes and creating challenges on padlets to solve.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Donna- yes- honoru student voice and develop leadership.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:*honour

      Donna:If you can find an amazing secondary teacher to partner with, you can also get a SHSM class to help in elementary classes

      Scott McKenzie:Agreed! CS First is an excellent starting place for Junior students:

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Remove as many barriers as possible- difficult to do but for some it won't take much to not try- do yoru best to remove any tech issues, resources issues, time issues, etc

      Peter:My Intermediate students love Scratch too. I thought it would be too "young" for them, but I was wrong.

      Lisa Floyd:Stacey gets a lot of ads about shoes I would think:)

      Scott McKenzie:Primary Students: Gr. 1-3 get started with these video tutorials and starter projects for Scratch:

      Rola:Coding with the community a retirement home residents

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Resources:I really enjoyed CODE in every classroom by Brookhouser and Megnin and Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchell Resnick

      Lisa Floyd:Love these resources

      Donna:I like the tutorials in scratch. Helps me learn- do --repeat

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Our students who are receiving PD with Fair Chance Learning want their own studio in Scratch to share and debug codes they create- breaking down our geographical barriers in our Board

      Jill:The best skill I have seen students develop while using coding is grit and perseverance

      Donna:I agree Jill

      Elizabeth:I agree Stacey.  Each time I go back to those two books I find more and more ideas for my own mindset growth

      Scott McKenzie:Lots of great ideas in the official Scratch Jr. Projects Book:

      Peter:Coding Quest is a Scratch showcase that motivates students.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:YES! I love the digital literacy connection

      @aforgrave (Andrew):Subjects are an abstraction that adults have laid over learning.

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:JERRY:

      Peter:For KG-3 the LightBOT app for iPad is fun and teachers basic coding logic.

      Erin O'Rourke:

      Sandra  Chow:Here is the link to the Code in Every classroom bookclub from TeachOntario

      Jerry:Cool!  Thanks Stacey!

      Erin O'

      Lisa Floyd:Thanks Erin.

      Sandra  Chow:

      Donna:Will there or Should there be an elementary curriculum for coding or computational thinking

      Jenn Benedetti:We had highschool students in to teach and show us some basics of Scratch and then we did hour of code week activities in Dec. I was wondering what is next??? so many ideas, thanks! Can't wait to check out these site and connect with some other ediucators

      Warren:What age would you start Scratch Jr vs Scratch?

      Sandra  Chow:

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Connect with other leads in your board- coding  roll out should not be a silo- limited learning this way- connect with math leads, early years

      Jerry:so many connections across the curriculum.

      Tyson:Thinking about innovative spaces..would you reccomend coding/devices stored in the classroom or move to a more "learning commons" model? Thanks!

      Scott McKenzie:Warren - Scratch Jr: Gr Jk-3

      Kiran:Will these links/resources be put on the teachontario site?

      Scott McKenzie:Scratch: Gr. 2-9

      Noel Abraham:any recommended books for computational thinking or research on it?

      Warren:Thanks Scott

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:The curriculum connections- clearly articulated for educators helps support the time investment  for teachers

      Sandra  Chow:Yes we will be posting this session and add more to the coding hub

      Warren:ANybody big into Micro:bit?


      Scott McKenzie:Microbit is awesome, lots of uses, low cost, works with chromebooks

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Love microbits! Also great because you can just use the online platform if your school cannot yet get teh kits

      Andrew:I really enjoy it

      Warren:What are the needed kits beyond the microbit?

      Tracey:I won a class set of 10 and my gr 8 class likes them

      Lisa Floyd:

      Jerry:Thanks Lisa and Steve and Scott and Stacey.  Great webinar! Lots to think about and lots of ideas to consider!  Exciting!

      Liz:Thanks Steve and Lisa et al

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Thank-you Jerry-phew!

      Donna:So many links - so little time

      Jill:I am looking for ways to integrate coding with procedural writing in the grade 1 classroom. If anyone has suggestions I would be very grateful. You can reach out to me on Twitter as well @jillplaunt

      Christina:What a great team tonite. Thanx very much.

      Warren:Great webinar! Thanks so much Lisa & Steve

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Jill- follow @MSE112- she is SK/1 teacher who rocks procedural writing.

      Elizabeth:Wonderful to know about the Hub.

      Jill:Thank you, Stacey!

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:Unplugged activites are key to rolling out coding and procedural writing is a great way to start

      Peter:Thanks all!

      Kiran:Thanks, this was a great session!

      Donna:Thanks LIsa, Steve, ,Scott, ,and Stacey

      Tyson:Thanks everyone!

      Stacey Wallwin @WallwinS:-Jill- the human robot! Have kids write the procedure for a task and then their friend acts like a robot to test the writing

      Matt:Thanks everyone

      Rola:Thanks for sharing the thinking and the connection to authentic learning hrough coding. Hopefully we will have a curriculum focus on coding soon.

      Steve Floyd:Hi Jill, if you're starting with a particular device (a dash robot, etc) have students learn how to turn it on, basic operations, then have them create a manual for the other grade 1 class.

      @aforgrave (Andrew):Thanks Sandra, Lisa, Steven, Scott, Stacey!

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      Donna:Great Idea Steve-gonna steal that one!

      Erin O'

      Steve Floyd:Please connect with us!! What did we miss, what's next for the hub??

      Noel Abraham:Do we email erin for the certificate?

      Erin O'Rourke:Yes please do!

      Lisa Floyd:I have learned so much from reading this chat tonight! I look forward to reading it all over thoroughly.

      Lisa Floyd:Thank you all for sharing and for the questions.

      Erin O'Rourke:

      Steve Floyd:Get in touch with Scott too! He has some great ideas and has been doing this for a while!  A great resource!

      Warren:Great session.

      Lisa Floyd:THanks, Warren:)