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Coding for Intermediate students

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Started by Lynne Crowe 03 Feb 2015 7:26pm () Replies (18)

Hi, I am going to start a lunchtime group for students interested in learning how to code. I have explored lots of sites online but now feel overwhelmed. Can anyone point me in a starting direction.
Many of the students who are keen are quite au fait with coding/programming and I intend to begin with this group (who may not need a lot of help) but then I want to expand and include a much wider range of abilities.

Any ideas, help greatly appreciated. Thanks.


  • Ginette Van Praag (View all users posts) 13 Mar 2015 5:24pm ()

    I've just been reading through this thread and would like to introduce myself, because this is a topic close to my heart.

    I've taught Scratch and junior programming / computer science for a few years. Go here for Scratch and STEM projects done with years 4/5 +. 

    I'm currently doing a Post Grad Diploma in eLearning and Digital Technologies at the moment, with a special focus on implementing Computer Science in the classroom. 

    I have a few hats that I wear that are focused on this space - I'm eLearning support facilitator for the VLN Primary School, eTeacher for the VLN, teaching Level 1 Digital Technologies and Director of The Technology Hub, which has provider content in Pond.

    On the Hub website there's a range of resources I've developed relating to this topic, including a starter Scratch resource anyone is welcome to download with my compliments, just click on this link.

    On the web site you'll also find information about the after-school programme for the 8-12 age group I co-founded with Whangarei Central Libraries, teaching kids Programming and CS with Raspberry Pis.

    All very cool learning.  By all means contact me if you'd like to discuss your ideas further, or if I can help in any way with your project Mary-Anne.  

    I'm planning to offer an introduction to programming and computer science course through VLN Primary next term.  If you are interested in enrolling your students, please email me: ginette.vp@vln.school.nz

    Nga mihi


  • Geoff Siave (View all users posts) 26 Feb 2015 12:40pm ()

    No coding done here, but really appreciate this resource.  It's encouraging and real.  Hoping to get a teacher or two to make initial steps soon.  Thanks for the VLN input.  

  • Mary-Anne Murphy (View all users posts) 26 Feb 2015 10:38am ()

    Hi Amazing People

    I am currently working alongside a group of Tertiary educators around the concept of Project-based learning within an IT context.

    What I am wanting are examples of Projects you have done with your students using coding. I need to be able to show them the process and outcomes, including assessments you used and how you structured the project.

    So, I would be hugely grateful for your support and sharing :)

    Thanks in anticipation :)


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 17 Feb 2015 11:37am ()

    Yayyy, that would be awesome Lynne. Thank you smiley. Any images, videos even and the good/bad/ugly analysis of what happened, means we can also learn from your experiences Lynne (if that's ok?).

    Sounds a bit greedy doesn't it? But I think if more educators reflect online about what works and doesn't work so well - right down to the nitty gritty of teacher management, assessment, benefits to learners etc, we can grow the confidence to trial things for ourselves as well, and then more people can share back into  growing pool of ideas. I've always loved recycling! 

    Image sourced from CC.

  • Lynne Crowe (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 6:10pm ()

    This looks to be another promising link. Thanks Nicola.

  • Lynne Crowe (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 6:10pm ()

    Thanks for the link Tess. I am hoping to record this learning of part of my appraisal so I may end up with something to share!

  • Lynne Crowe (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 6:08pm ()

    Thanks Hamish. I will have another look at this site. When I investigated sites last year I found that many were going to end up costing money after the initial few lessons.

    I think this is more the direction I want to head with my students.

  • Lynne Crowe (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 6:06pm ()

    Thanks Jesse. I did use Scratch with students several years ago  and think it could be useful with beginners.

  • Nicola (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 3:17pm ()

    Hi Lynne

    Try this website:  http://www.codeclub.org.nz/

    They are wanting to set up clubs across NZ and their resources are free and they will help get you a volunteer from the industry to come in and help.



  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 1:53pm ()

    Hi Lynne, how exciting! I think coding is another important language (digital literacy), that puts our students in charge of the tools/software rather than the other way around.

    I don't want to overwhelm you, but there are some gems in this thread, The world needs programmers including a web-based resource shared by Chrissie Butler called, Codeacademy (free).


    Good luck and please let us know how you get on.

    This year we'd love to see more practitioners sharing their journey (good, bad or ugly) in Enabling e-Learning, so we can follow along and learn from each other's experiences.

    Smiles, Tess smiley


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