Coding for All Teachers: Scratch, Makey Makey and CoSpaces
Participate and share : Poster
Dr. Junko Yamamoto
See how students in an instructional technology class created a basic coding using Scratch, coded an animation story and then used Makey Makey to produce something fun. They then used Makey Makey to create materials for their subject areas. Later, they coded an augmented reality world using CoSpaces.
|Audience:||Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Innovative learning environments|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
Participants will see an instructional example of how future teachers of English, social studies, math, science, and Spanish coded to make classroom materials. The instructor used Technology Acceptance Model. This model shows that perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness influence the decision to adopt technology. Psychological factors, such as anxiety and lack of self-efficacy affect perceived ease of use. In order to reduce the anxiety, the instructor introduced the technology in the form of play.
Lecture on coding and how it is used in education
Step-by-step demonstration and hands-on practice on Scratch.
Homework: Explore different features of Scratch and freely make something. Reflect on what you have discovered.
Lecture: Elements of a good story
Lecture: What is a storyboard and why do you need it?
Co-write a story
Skills practice – remixing a sprite, making a sprite, animating a sprite, changing a scene, recording your story, drawing a backdrop. Using Garage Band to create a background music
Develop a good story and make the storyboard
Code the story to make an animation.
Lecture: Pedagogical reasons to use Makey Makey
Skills practice: Code a fruit piano
Show & Tell: Other ideas for combining coding and Makey Makey
Make something for fun using Scratch and Makey Makey
Show & Tell and Discussion – How is Makey Makey used in different subject areas? As you watch examples, brainstorm how you may be able to convert ideas to your project in a different content.
Day 8 & 9:
Use Makey Makey and Scratch to create something for your subject area
[activities that do not use coding took place for 12 class periods]
Augmented reality – CoSpaces
As a part of CoSpaces, future educators revisited coding embedded in CoSpaces.
Reflections by the education majors in the class indicate that they started to build confidence, even though they were anxious about the idea of coding. Reflections also show that they begin to see how coding can be used in their subject areas.
Introduction to Technology Acceptance Model. A survey tool will be used to facilitate the audience’s participation. (5 minutes)
Explain the importance of play, celebrating difficulties, reflecting on troubleshooting – focus on the process rather than the end-product. A survey tool will be used to facilitate the audience’s participation. (2 minutes)
Show the audience the instructional plan, sample products, and reflections (20 minutes)
Q & A (3 minutes)
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