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
Excellent language to learn in middle school. Used in my Computer Science elective for grades 7 and 8
Here are some of my class demos and related examples
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.
Used it with Python in my elective classes and using block based coding in 5th grade.
Also used in teacher professional development
Bringing a lego project to life using Scratch code. Students love this!
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.
The original way to get kids to program still works well. Here is a little about use in my class and some student samples.
Programmable robot for young children. Used in K-5 classes at my school district.
Programmable robot with sensors and sub-procedures and online code display. Good tool for teaching programming and robotics
Inspired by Bee-Bot, this is my simple Scratch game to introduce programming concepts. Program Zycbot to get to his spaceship safely.
Coding - Curriculum
Some of my favorite lesson plans
Computer History related Lesson plans
These connect computer history/CS education week/Impact on society
There is a lot of wonderful open curriculum resources - check some of these
MyCS Harvey Mudd https://www.cs.hmc.edu/MyCS/curriculum.html
Code.org CS Discoveries https://code.org/educate/csd
Code.org CS Principles https://code.org/educate/csp
Exploring CS Scratch curriculum http://www.exploringcs.org/curriculum
CS Unplugged http://csunplugged.org/
Scratch Creative Curriculum guide http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/
Computer Science Field Guide http://csfieldguide.org.nz/en/index.html
Stanford course materials http://introcomputing.org/
Harvard CS 50 https://ap.cs50.net/curriculum/1/
UC Berkeley Beauty and Joy of Computing http://bjc.edc.org/bjc-r/course/bjc4nyc.html
Some other cool stuff - I have experimented with and Use Or hope to use more
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.
Sonic Pi - create your own music with code
Twine - create interactive fiction. Take the ‘adventure stories’ that my students do to the next level, and add coding to a language arts class
Raspberry Pi Wonderful set of resources for all kinds of projects - it comes with Scratch, Python, Sonic Pi installed - also check out various extensions like the SenseHat and experiment with sensors and the pixel grid
Coding - Art-Math-connections
Coding Integration Lessons
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.
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
About this free open source vector graphics tool
and lessons used in my classes
Easy free 3D tool, used in some of my lessons.
Some important art stuff you should know,
stuff I try to explain to my students
Wy art and technology are connected, some interesting links
some browser based cool art related tools
For parents to know what their student learned in my digital art class
Some sample lessons used in my Digital Art program
How can you continue doing this at home. What I send to parents at the end of a semester of digital art.