We were delighted to have the Apple Professional Learning team in Bellevue Public Schools last month to provide two Everyone Can Code workshops for our building technology coordinators, instructional coaches, blended learning coaches, and our high ability learner team. Bruce Ahlborn, Apple Professional Learning Specialist, did an excellent job leading the sessions and opening the dialogue about a K-12 coding curriculum.
Over the course of the two days, attendees learned how to use the Swift Playgrounds curriculum materials and walked away with a plan to implement the curriculum in their schools. The Everyone Can Code curriculum provides a logical path for all students and the time is already built into the schedule. I want to thank Apple for making it a priority and providing tools to make it possible for every student everywhere to have an opportunity to solve problems by coding.
In addition to the workshop content, we personalized the training to meet our own district needs by adding a guest speaker on day 1 and a robot playground on day 2. On the first day of the workshop, guest speaker, Michael Feldmann, teenage app developer, shared his coding testimonial. Teachers enjoyed hearing his story and felt his passion for coding as he delivered his message. The message that resonated with all of us was the necessity to provide coding opportunities for our students and the need to start now.
On the second day of the workshop, our blended learning team provided a robot playground with Spheros, Drones, Dash, and Lego Mindstorms. The coding playground was a hit! Attendees worked in teams to program Dash through a maze of PVC pipe. Laughter filled the room as their programs made the robots come to life and move through the maze. We wrapped up the robot playground with a station containing Osmos, Spheros, and Drones programmed and controlled by the Tynker, Tickle, and Sphero EDU apps. It was fantastic to have our teachers leading these rotations. So much coding and robotics experience in one room.
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Written by: Ann Feldmann |@annfeldmann1