Hour of Code
Hour of Code was held in early December, kicking off a worldwide effort to teach students about coding. At Lotspeich, librarian Lori Suffield and science teacher Natalie Wildfong taught coding classes to celebrate the week. “We did a lot of unplugged coding, or coding offline, in pre-kindergarten through third grade,” Wildfong said. “Students took part in many different investigations where they had to meet different objectives by building and manipulating various materials. We used marble runs, drawing, grids, ozobots, and other materials throughout the unit.” Lori Suffield worked with second- through fifth-graders for Hour of Code activities. In one class, students used block coding in the program Dance Party. Students programmed a person to dance with different music. “It’s a great introduction to coding,” Suffield said.