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VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Sunday, December 7 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Introduction of Coding in the Middle School Curriculum Using Scratch to Support 21st Century Learning

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Get kids excited about learning while supporting the development of 21st Century Skills by incorporating coding into your curriculum. At Blue Ridge Middle School, the Coding At the Middle School (CAMS) initiative is using the MIT Scratch website to integrate coding into the sixth grade keyboarding curriculum. Using LoudounVision, a Moodle based course delivery system, students are introduced into a world of possibilities and fun while remixing projects, deciphering code in challenge activities, and building their own programs. Students are introduced to concepts in each module using teacher-developed example programs on the Scratch website in the Program Resources section. In the What Does It Do? section, students first predict the outcome of a prepared program presented on a PDF. They then enter the code on the Scratch website to determine the accuracy of their prediction. Next, the Challenge Activity provides students with a ‘broken’ program that must be remixed and fixed as indicated. Finally, a selection of scaffolded programming projects are provided to students to allow them to demonstrate mastery at their own level in the Final Programming Activity section. Before jumping into this arena, student online safety, easy access for students, and satisfactory online interactions between student and teacher are considered with best practices in mind. In this initiative, generic student accounts for access to the Scratch website are created by the staff and provided to students. Use of Padlet.com allows students to share projects in a secure location in an anonymous fashion, and provides a streamlined environment for the instructor to view and evaluate student work. Attendees are invited to enter the LCPS LoudounVision course during the lecture, and navigate through the activities provided to students, and to browse student projects.

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Marnie Hawk

Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
Reading, sailing, water, Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings, CAMS, middle schools, high school, Google, domain administration, TRTing
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Keith Hicks

Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
Let's talk Scratch Programming and 21st century learning!

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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