Everyone Can Code

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.

Resources:

Apps iBooks and PDFs
  1. iBooks
  2. iTunes U
  3. iMovie
  4. Pages
  5. Keynote
  6. Code Spark -The Foos
  7. Tickle
  8. Tynker
  9. Swift Playgrounds
iBooks:

  1. Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 1 and 2
  2. Get Started with Code 1
  3. Get Started with Code 2

PDFs

  1. Getting Started with Code Curriculum Guide
  2. Swift Playgrounds Curriculum Guide

Written by: Ann Feldmann |@annfeldmann1

What’s All the Buzz About Classroom App?

What’s all the Buzz about Apple Classroom?

In the latest iOS update, Apple rolled out Apple Classroom? What is Apple Classroom and how does it work?  Apple classroom is a game changer because it gives teachers the power to manage student iPads from the teacher device. Teachers have the power to

  • open apps on all devices
  • lock all devices into an app
  • lock all screens
  • send all students to a website
  • send individual messages to students
  • group students and manage each group of iPads separately
  • see a thumbnail of every student screen
  • AirPlay student devices
  • broadcast one student screen to everyone   

In order to use Apple Classroom, student and teacher devices need to be iPad 3, running 9.3.1 or newer and teacher rosters must be uploaded into our Mobile Device Management (MDM) system. We have 25 iPad Academy classrooms using the classroom app this fall. Curious about how Apple Classroom works? Talk to your Building Tech Coordinator to find out who is using it and schedule a visit. To read more about the Classroom App, see this article from Apple.

Written by Ann Feldmann
@annfeldmann1