Text Compression: Hour of Code (secondary students)

Looking for an Hour of Code activity that will engage your secondary students? Try this lesson from Code.org that integrates music, texting, and saving time. Students will use the Text Compression Widget to compress segments of English text by looking for patterns and substituting symbols for larger patterns of text. The Hour of Code activity ...

2019 Dance Party Spoilers

Are you ready for the Hour of Code? I know I am, and here are a few spoilers you can share with your students this week! New Songs “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry “High Hopes” ...

Hour of Code: Step by Step

Step 1: Choose a tutorial from Code.org and sign up on their website. Step 2: Plan your technology needs. Hour of Code tutorials work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have. Make sure to test tutorials on student computers or devices ...

Adobe Spark: Unleash Creativity and Capture Student Learning

Adobe Spark is an online and mobile app that allows users to create videos, graphics, and web pages with ease. Issaquah students and staff have FREE Education accounts for Adobe Spark, which were set-up for us by our IT department. To access your teacher or student account, choose the school account option and log in with ...

Flipgrid + Immersive Reader = Access for All!

  Flipgrid is taking on the ISTE standard of “Empowered Learner” to an entirely new level, by incorporating Microsoft’s Immersive Reader tool. This way, not only are students encouraged to use their voices to post their own videos, but there are built-in supports for them to listen to the initial prompt. By incorporating Immersive Reader ...

Classroom View – November 22

We’re trying something new here at Bits & Pieces. We’re out in classrooms all the time and want to highlight all the great work we are seeing. So each week we are choosing one photo from our travels and sharing it through something we are calling Classroom View. If you happen to snap a great ...

Computer Science Education Week: Who is Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) studied math and physics at Vassar and Yale in a time many women did not attend college. A professor at Vassar college when World War II erupted, she was compelled to join the US Navy to assist with the war efforts. Grace was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at ...

Hour of Code: Questions and Answers

 What is Hour of Code? Hour of Code began in 2014 as a one hour introduction to Computer Science. It was developed as a way to demystify “code” and broaden participation.  Schools, businesses, and communities across the globe participate in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week. While one hour is not enough ...

Using Seesaw to Showcase Student Learning During Conferences

Hey, Elementary Teachers.  You may not want to hear this yet, but… CONFERENCES ARE COMING! It will be here before you know it and you may be trying to think of some ways to show parents all the great things your students have learned so far since the beginning of the school year. Last year, ...

December 9th – 15th is Computer Science Education Week!

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 45% of all high schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. ...

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