Hour of Code
Coding for kids? How is that possible? Whether we want to admit it or not, coding is the way of the future. Computer programming is all around us. From the cars that we ride in to the watches we wear, everyday we encounter devices that have been programmed.
So what is coding? Coding basically is a set of instructions or rules that computers understand-much like a recipe. People write code to make many everyday devices function efficiently.
Duncanville ISD students have the opportunity to get involved in coding! December 7-13 is Computer Science Week. Our workforce is in dire need of a generation of programmers. The Hour of Code is a great way to promote computer science and peak the curiosity of students by helping them explore the world of programming.
What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is a non-profit organization that encourages students to learn computer science and coding lessons in a fun and easy way. Students are offered the chance to program well-know games or activities at the basic level. In other words, they are learning by playing!
How Can My Campus or My Students Get Involved?
Visit Code.org to find free activities and planning guides to learn coding for all age groups. If you are interested in hosting at your school, you can SIGN UP on the Hour of Code website. This will allow you to host a one-hour introduction to computer science. If hosting is too much for you, have your students pair up and just try it out on December 7.
Don’t Forget to Back-Up!
It is always best practice to back-up your laptop or PC device. You’ll never know when your hard drive decides to call it quits. It is important to know what your options are. Learn WHAT, WHERE and HOW to back-up your important data by reviewing the IDEA Team’s IDEA Guide for backing-up files.
Backing-Up on the D:Cloud/Z: Drive
Listed below are a few tips to keep in mind when using the district’s cloud storage:
- Remember to use district storage for educational content.
- D:Cloud/Z: Drive is for business use. Personal content such as, but not limited to, personal videos, personal accounting or non-business related photos should not be stored on the this device.
- Be sure review your drive often and delete any information that is no longer needed.
*Note: If you are a candidate for a new Toshiba laptop, don’t forgot to back-up as soon as possible. Be ready for the upcoming laptop exchange roll-out! [click here for a chance to win a prize]. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Standards Installs Ahead of Schedule
Interactive projector installs scheduled to begin starting January have began this week! Alexander Elementary school is the first of 7 elementary campuses to receive installs. We hope to complete all elementary interactive projector installs during the early part of spring. Document cameras are also coming in early for elementary schools as well. Along with these installs, staff members will receive hands-on training.
Sound Installs Start This Week
We are pleased to announce that sound installations began at DHS on Tuesday of this week! Both teachers and students will enjoy the benefits of hearing classroom instruction clearly and evenly throughout the room.
Teacher Tips For Use:
- If you can hear yourself, then then you are talking too loudly. It takes little effort for the entire classroom to hear your voice no matter where they are in the room.
- Remember to charge you teacher microphone each night. Although the battery charge will last 12-14 hours, it is best to make a habit of charging your device daily.
- Don’t be afraid to use your microphone. Although some make feel apprehensive about projecting their voice. Just try it! You will notice a major difference in they way your students respond to your instruction.
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