Design. Program.Create

All Resources

In Coding, Art & Math

Resources based on my 12+ years as an educator


Coding / Programming

Scratch from MIT

A HUGE favorite with all my students and a big favorite with educators because of the large community support. There are many ways to use Scratch in schools and many free resources. This page has links to some of my own Scratch lessons and my favorite Scratch resources

Python

Excellent language to learn in middle school. Used in my Computer Science elective for grades 7 and 8

Processing (using Khan Academy's CS platform)

Processing is the perfect combinations of art and code. In my classes we use a Javascript implementation of this language using Khan Academy's FREE CS platform.

Here are some of my class demos and related examples

Arduino

Physical computing with the open source Arduino is fun!

Some ideas on how to teach young students to build simple circuits on breadboards and program LEDs, buzzers and more using the Arduino IDE.

micro:bit

Used it with Python in my elective classes and using block based coding in 5th grade.

Also used in teacher professional development

Lego WeDo and Scratch

Bringing a lego project to life using Scratch code. Students love this!

Scratch and the Physical world

Other ways to connect Scratch to the Physical world : Makey-Makey, Pico boards, LEAP controller, and even Arduino

ScratchJr - yes you can start them before they can even read! A completely new design of Scratch for very little kids that works on tablets. The touchscreen generation can tap away and learn to be creative using code.

Starlogo Nova : the next step from Scratch to create your own 3D games and simulations. Notes to lessons, bugs, extension activities are included here.

Logo

The original way to get kids to program still works well. Here is a little about use in my class and some student samples.

Bee Bots

Programmable robot for young children. Used in K-5 classes at my school district.

Pro-Bots

Programmable robot with sensors and sub-procedures and online code display. Good tool for teaching programming and robotics

Zycbot

Inspired by Bee-Bot, this is my simple Scratch game to introduce programming concepts. Program Zycbot to get to his spaceship safely.

Programming through art :

A set of my projects that can be done in order as a 6+ week class for any age level. Based on some of my most successful introductory lessons for all age levels.


Art-Math-CODING connections


Art+Math+Programming
 

Programming through art :  

 A set of my projects that can be done in order as a 6+ week class for any age level. Based on some of my most successful introductory lessons for all age levels.

Coding in Math Class

Any math class can add a little bit of coding by solving math problems using code. Here is a simple lesson plan with some of my starter Scratch projects. Each project has instructions and hints. 



Coding - Curriculum

Some of my favorite lesson plans

Coding Integration Lessons

Programming through art :

A set of my projects that can be done in order as a 6+ week class for any age level. Based on some of my most successful introductory lessons for all age levels.

Coding in Math Class

Any math class can add a little bit of coding by solving math problems using code. Here is a simple lesson plan with some of my starter Scratch projects. Each project has instructions and hints.

Computer History related Lesson plans

These connect computer history/CS education week/Impact on society

Curriculum Resources

There is a lot of wonderful open curriculum resources - check some of these 

  1. MyCS Harvey Mudd https://www.cs.hmc.edu/MyCS/curriculum.html

  2. Code.org CS Discoveries https://code.org/educate/csd

  3. Code.org CS Principles https://code.org/educate/csp

  4. Exploring CS Scratch curriculum http://www.exploringcs.org/curriculum

  5. CS Unplugged http://csunplugged.org/

  6. Scratch Creative Curriculum guide http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

  7. Computer Science Field Guide http://csfieldguide.org.nz/en/index.html

  8. Stanford course materials http://introcomputing.org/

  9. Harvard CS 50 https://ap.cs50.net/curriculum/1/

  10. UC Berkeley Beauty and Joy of Computing  http://bjc.edc.org/bjc-r/course/bjc4nyc.html



Some cool stuff - am trying out

The list is very long! There are so many exciting new tools. Here are a few:
Beetle Blocks

Super cool Scratch / Snap based coding language to build 3D models.

Raspberry Pi and the SenseHat

Wonderful set of resources to use Python with the SenseHat and experiment with sensors and the pixel grid




Coding - Art-Math-connections


Art+Math+Programming
 

Programming through art :  

 A set of my projects that can be done in order as a 6+ week class for any age level. Based on some of my most successful introductory lessons for all age levels.

Coding in Math Class

Any math class can add a little bit of coding by solving math problems using code. Here is a simple lesson plan with some of my starter Scratch projects. Each project has instructions and hints. 


Art - Digital - Visual

Art - Digital art - 2D and 3D Design

Inkscape

About this free open source vector graphics tool

and lessons used in my classes

3D (SketchUp)

Easy free 3D tool, used in some of my lessons.

Art Resources

Some important art stuff you should know,

stuff I try to explain to my students

Art and Technology

Wy art and technology are connected, some interesting links

Online creativity tools

some browser based cool art related tools

What does Digital art teach you?

For parents to know what their student learned in my digital art class

Digital Art lessons

Some sample lessons used in my Digital Art program

Digital Art at home

How can you continue doing this at home. What I send to parents at the end of a semester of digital art.