EPO celebrating Computer Science Education Week with HOUR OF CODE!

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December 7-13, 2015 is Computer Science Education Week.  Students throughout South Kitsap School District will celebrate by participating in Hour of Code activities with their classmates.  Here at East Port Orchard Elementary, we have been talking about what “coding” means and why we would want to know more about it.

For links to the activities that I will be doing with your students in the library, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/epolinks and choose one of the links from the “code.org coding” section.  Additional links to other websites can be found in the “coding” section. We are doing the Minecraft puzzles.

Coding can be a fun activity to work on with your child – and it’s absolutely FREE!

You can bring the whole family to South Kitsap High School on December 10th during the Hour of Code event.   SKHS will open a couple of computer labs during the hours of 5 – 7 PM for anyone to come in and write some code.  To cap off the event, SKHS will be screening CODEGIRL, an engaging and inspirational documentary about the Technovation Challenge, a global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, centered on app development to help solve local problems.  The screening begins at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.

Please watch these short videos for a taste of what we discovered and a preview of the coding that we will be working on next week in the library.

What is Coding?

Preview of Hour of Code:

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The Power of a Read Aloud by Peggy Alfano

Great post about the importance of reading aloud to our older students.

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The Power of a Read Aloud

If I were a superhero, then books would be my faithful sidekick. Books have proven to be loyal companions of insight and inspiration and I carry one with me wherever I go. One of the reasons I became a teacher was my love for reading and my desire to ignite that passion in others. Then came the hard work of navigating through the many reasons why some children struggle with reading and finding workable solutions. Teachers have many resources and strategies, but developing skills takes time.

Encouraging and incenting children to read for at least twenty minutes each day is a proven way to increase and enrich vocabulary.  As children move past third grade they are reading to learn, rather than learning to read. Comprehension skills become vital across the curriculum. The daily read aloud is one way to strengthen both vocabulary and comprehension skills in all children, regardless of…

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