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Hello World!

This week our assignment was to try out a coding project. I am very unfamiliar with coding and have absolutely ZERO experience working with any type of coding. I thought Scratch coding looked easy enough but I lasted about 20 minutes before I gave up in frustration. I could not figure it out, even with trying to find tutorial videos. It was too complex for my non-coding brain. So I moved on to Hour of Code and chose a Grade 2 level project called “Hello World!” which matched my ability level perfectly (Lol!)

The directions at the top of the page told me what to do.

I really liked this platform because it walked me through every single step. For someone like me who knows nothing, I really appreciated the tutorial videos that came up at different stages. They also give directions for what you need to do. The Scratch coding was way too open-ended. There was so much to do I couldn’t figure out what to do or how to do it. With hour of code I just followed the directions and was able to complete the project.

These tutorial videos were at the beginning and popped up at different stages.

I would definitely use Hour of Code in my classroom or with young students, it would be a great introduction to coding. But I do think many kids could create some cool projects on Scratch, and I have way more respect for this kids now that I experienced how complex it really is!

I thought this feature was cool-you could click a button and see the actual written code for what you had created.
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5 thoughts on “Hello World!

  1. Hi Amy,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Do you think the different coding options would work better for certain grades or could one introduce one before the other to create background knowledge?

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    1. In my opinion I don’t think you could really narrow it down by grade. I think the skill levels would be so diverse that it would be best to have students of different abilities choose the platform that works best for them. For example I was doing a project listed for Grade 2- and it was right at my level haha!

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  2. Hi Amy! Thank you for sharing, I am happy to have read yours before I started mine as I am having a little bit of “coding anxiety”. The concept is totally foreign to me so seeing your success was just what I needed. I really appreciate that you know Hour Code would work but also that you believe your students could be successful with Scratch even though you did not enjoy it as much.

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      1. I’m glad it was helpful for you Alli! I also had some anxiety (and frustration during the process haha!) But yes in that case the hour of code would be the best option for you as well. 🙂

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