Disclaimer: This post is for a graduate school (University of Maryland University College) assignment.
According to Code.org, “computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the U.S.” This is just one of a hundred or more reasons that students should be exposed to coding and computer science early and often. Since 2013 the Hopscotch application has been allowing students to explore block based (or drag and drop) coding as they create their own iPad games. Hopscotch houses the projects in a safe online community that allows users to like and play each other’s games. My students and I have became very fluent with the app over the past few school years. Recently my students engaged in a few challenges where they coded digital compasses to demonstrate an understanding of the cardinal directions and towns/ cities that surround our school. Through the Hopscotch app they can publish their finished projects or games to the online community and track plays and likes. Students can also share their project as a link so other gamers who do not even have a Hopscotch account can still play.
Mr. David Dulberger is currently a 5th grade magnet teacher at Emma K. Doub, a 1:1 Apple Distinguished School in Hagerstown, MD. He attended Salisbury University where he majored in Elementary Education and minored in Psychology. Dulberger completed part of his student teaching internship in Auckland, New Zealand where he taught 5th grade as well. Dulberger is part of the 2015 class of Apple Distinguished Educators, a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator, a Front Row Ambassador, and a SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator. Dulberger has presented at a variety of educational technology conferences and events such as SXSWEdu and FETC. He continues to deliver professional development for teachers around the world who share his passion for instructional technology. Follow him on Twitter @mrdulberger #5thGradeU