When it comes to the creativity of young minds, we’re just “scratching” the surface with original video games and Google doodles.
The Grade Four and Grade Five students have been developing their very own video games using a program called Scratch. Scratch allows students to understand computer programming by dragging and dropping blocks of programming commands. For this game, the students have been coding a character (or “sprite”) that can knock down its enemy as it swoops into the screen.
Have you ever noticed that on special holidays, Google will have a unique logo to celebrate it? These are called Google Doodles. The Grade Six and Seven students have also been using Scratch to design their very own Google Doodle. For this project they have had to create coding for each letter of G-o-o-g-l-e (that means six different sprites!) based on a theme of their choosing. Themes selected include food, the Olympics, and Earth Day!
Starting off the new year in Lower Elementary ICT, we have been programming and instructing our new friend, Bee-Bot! Bee-Bot is a programmable robot that teaches problem-solving and coding, and brings tons of fun to our lab.
The students have enjoyed solving quests and sequencing routes on various Bee-Bot maps. Bee-bot has been a great way for students to apply the coding knowledge and skills they learnt throughout Term 1.
It’s no surprise that the ICT lab is always buzzing with excitement!
The Grade 1s have been focusing on locating letters and main control keys on the keyboard. They have also been changing colour, size and type of font when typing words on Microsoft Word.
The Grade 2s and 3s have been focusing on their typing speed, using different programs for practice.
The Upper El students have been focusing on their typing skills and accuracy, where they are trying to type without looking down at the keyboard.
All grades have been working on a program called “Pivot Stick Figure”, where they are able to move different figures to create videos.
Also all grades have been using different games and programs to help them increase their computer skills. Some of the programs used in the class are “Paws”, “Mavis Beacon”, “Paint”, “Microsoft Word”, “Microsoft Power Point”, and “Microsoft Excel”.
Some of the students take a typing speed test most weeks to keep track of their speed and accuracy, and are progressing well.