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Thursday, November 8 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Hands-on Coding, Real-time Fun

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Session Description: As NWCCD (Sheridan and Gillette Colleges) and its school district partners develop our approach to K-14 Computer science education, we use a combination of:
  • structured learning environments such as Snap, Scratch, MIT App Inventor, Code.org, CodeCombat.com, and CodeHS.com
  • “blank page” coding environments, such as C9.io, and
  • experiential learning exercises that start students off with working code, often a game, that draws them into learning by allowing them to make (and break) the code in many small ways.
  • Come join us for a session of “learning play”, using some of our “low friction” online coding environments. You’ll get to make-and-break-and-fix your own copy of at least one simple online game. You’ll emerge having successfully hacked a small amount JavaScript and, we hope, had some fun along the way. No bits or bytes will be permanently harmed by this exercise!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Find and use two or three different online coding environments that provide a rich library of learning-ready content.
2. Identify, understand, and appreciate some the basic building blocks of all coding: variables, if/then statements, and loops. You might even meet an object along the way!
3. Increase your personal geek score a couple of points.

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Anne Gunn

Anne Gunn was born in Lander, Wyoming, and grew up in Helena, Montana. She went to college in New England and subsequently lived in New Hampshire and Vermont for 20 years before returning to the West in 1999. Anne has spent her entire working career in the software industry, in both... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am MST
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