The 6th grade students completed the Hour of Code on code.org, in which they can pick from a variety of topics or themes to learn computer programming. Additionally, teachers can select the 'teach' option and filter by grade level to teach a semester or year long course on Computer Science concepts. Visit their website at code.org for more information.
The 7th grade students used Google's CS First and Scratch to learn computer programming. The CS First interface allows the teacher to have a dashboard that can track student progress throughout the module. Students login to CS First using their G Suite for Education account, watch the videos and reflect on their learning. At the end of the video segment, they use Scratch to write block base code to complete the task at hand.
Teachers will need to create a club and have the students join the club using a club code. Once they join the club, they will receive a random username and password. These credentials will be used to login to Scratch. Essentially, students will be flipping back and forth between CS First and Scratch. When students complete the block base code in Scratch, they must share it with the teacher. At this point, the teacher will be able to access the project through the dashboard and the students will receive a digital badge.