Luckily, being educators, this was no problem and we forged ahead with "unplugged" coding. The first class to test out the coding waters at Elkmont today was Ms. Atina English's 3rd grade class. Ms. English's students are amazing in about a million different ways and were very sweet as we worked through the morning glitches.
We started the day with an "unplugged" coding activity. A student was chosen to be our "robot". Using a blank Google Document, the class wrote code for our "robot" to follow. Our "robot" was coded to go to the TV int he back of the room. Once we had written the code on our Google Document one student commented, "We had to write all of that just to get our robot to the TV?!" YES! Lots & lots of coding goes into building the games we all love to play.
The next "unplugged" coding activity required a few volunteer robots. This time I started typing the code on the Google Document. See if you can figure out what I was coding our robots to do: (disclaimer: I don't know nothin' about writin' no code!)
Have you guessed yet?? Right! It's the Hokey Pokey!
Below are Ms. Tamara Holt's 6th graders being coded to do the Hokey Pokey.
Later in the day I had our 6th graders code The Cotton Eyed Joe dance (Their PE teacher would be proud!)
See more of what we did in our Flickr show below: