Friday, November 23, 2018

New Coding Resources, Books, Songs, Sites & Activities for Hour of Code & All Year Long!

As we get ready for the last four weeks of 2018 and our last library rotation, we are focusing on computer science, especially coding, robotics and game building with Bloxels and BreakoutEDU, at Van Meter. 

This is also the perfect connection for Hour of Code, which is coming up December 3-9, 2018. 

For the coding piece, we have put together a newly updated Coding Symbaloo that you can find here. It is filled with awesome books, eBooks, resources, digital tools and apps, and so much more that you and your school community will find useful and informative too.

In this post, I would like to show you around the Symbaloo and all of the treasures it holds.
 First, the Coding Symbaloo is a piece of our Coding, Coding, Coding Collection by Destiny.

Please feel free to use and share this public Collection with your school community too. If you would like to collaborate on this Collection, just let me know and I will add you.  I would love that! 
Next, are the wonderful resources from, which is the organization that started and supports Hour of Code every year. 

As shown circled in the Symbaloo, I will kick off our work in coding with the students by showing this new video for this year, What Is Creativity? #Hour of Code. 
In fact, there is an entire What is Creativity Series from can be found here.  These will be such a powerful way to kick off the work we will do for Hour of Code and throughout this rotation. 
Next up on the Symbaloo are the terrific resources found in the right hand corner.....books and eBooks! 
I love all of these so much and I can't wait to share them with our students, teachers and families. 
A favorite is my new book from the Capstone Adventures in Makerspace series, A Coding Mission. You can read all about this 4D graphic novel and the other three in the series here
Four other favorites are the Code It! series of stories and songs from Cantata Learning.  You can read all about this super fun series and the resources available here

It will be awesome using these four books as we teach them these basic computer science/coding concepts in the library and ones they can take home to practice too. 
A Coding Mission, all four of Code It! and this sweet Code Play series with Adi and Gabi are all available within Capstone Interactive, which is a great way to share when learning something new as all of our students can listen to them anytime at school and at home. 

I also included EPIC and the new....
...Coding Collection I put together together to share on the Symbaloo. You can find it here. 
I LOVED finding my friend and author, Ruth Spiro's book, Baby Loves Coding! and... 
...this coding series from Lerner. 
And last, but not least is the Computer Science article in PebbleGo which, 
covers coding, along with other important information. 
There is a Share What You Know Activity Sheet available with the PebbleGo article on the site too.  
On the Symbaloo, I have added a lot of coding games and simulations. There are several new ones including....
Dance Party from and Amazon Future Engineer, 
and Create a Holiday Emoji from....
Made with Code Google,  
These join lots that have been around for a year or two but that are still awesome and ones that our students love! 

They include Tynker,  
Vidcode and more. 
With all of the Hour of Code Activities on the site, it is helpful to be able to search by age/grade level at the top. 
One of my favorite resources for teaching specific coding skills are the three lessons that I have included towards the top of the Coding Symbaloo. 
As you start thinking about and planning your Hour of Code, go to the to sign up.  
It's truly amazing to see how many young people and communities are involved in this important event each year.  

I hope you join us as we celebrate and find these resources helpful to use, share and celebrate coding within your library, school and community too!  

And remember, you can get to all of these resources and more at the Coding Symbaloo here

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