I received an email from Donors Choose offering an exciting incentive for sponsoring a Google CS First Coding Club in my library: an opportunity to earn Donors Choose gift cards when students complete specific coding projects!
I’ve been providing coding experience for my students for many years, ever since I learned about Scratch at the S.C. EdTech conference in 2009. Last year I attended Code.org training in my district and enrolled my library classes in one of their formal courses, and I sponsored the annual Hour of Code for all of my students. This year our school is building on those experiences by offering additional mini courses in our computer lab (for all students) and in my library (for those who enjoy coding and want to pursue it more deeply).
I like the approach CS First takes by providing a structured learning environment yet still allowing kids to have some creative control over their projects. I’m especially excited about the Google Doodle activity, which has kids designing their own Google Logo, since that was one of the Genius Hour themes in my library a couple of years ago.
We’re kicking off our next learning adventure on Thursday, so watch for updates in a couple of weeks! Are you using CS First in your school or library? Leave a comment and tell us about it!