This week I got introduced to Coding! I have heard about it before, thought it was over my head and boring. I tried out a code activity called dance party. In this activity I was given blocks to code that would result in the characters dancing. The starter video that played was very helpful to begin creating! When making these dances and advancing levels it didn't even seem like coding because it was fun and I could be creative! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be!
I thought this was good, until I made other ones. For this dance party I made, I controlled the moves with the arrows on my keyboard. I thought it would be cool to have all the characters doing a different move, but it wasn't. I liked the dances I made better when all the characters were doing to same moves. This is still pretty impressive for my first attempt at coding.
This was the best dance party I made! I love how my characters go to the music! It took a bit of playing around because of the timing, but in the end I figured it out. In the description video it suggested to use measures, but I ended up using seconds. I found it easier to control my characters! These characters are so fun! A shark, a pineapple, and some frogs give me such a summer vibe. The background that I was able to add to this dance was so jazzy.
After some of the levels completed there was a new video that played showing new blocks and how to used them. I thought the videos were very helpful! Some of the blocks that were introduced included an events video, a measures video and a properties of the characters video. It got the be more fun at the end because there were more features that could be used. I also found it to be more complex which made it a little harder and took more time to figure out.
In the classroom this would be fun activity for students to do! I personal think some younger students would really struggle with the complexity of some of the activities. I would have to explore more to see what else they have to offer for lower level students. I think this would be fantastic for grade 4 and up students to spend time at creating code. I think it would be a fantastic "done all my work" task because it is educational and also fun! My little cousin is 11 and is creative and loves technology! I have asked her to check out both code and Scratch to give me a review on the websites and her thoughts on coding. I am interested what she thinks about it! I will have to remember both of these resources for my future classroom.