Learning with Micro:bit

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Learning with Micro Bit

278: Learning with Micro:bit

Guest Joseph Lemke shares with us how he is learning with Micro:bit and why this is a great way for students to explore coding.

What is a Micro:bit?

  • programmable microcontroller, like a tiny computer
  • has built in sensors like temperature, gyroscope, compass, microphone, speaker, touch button, blue tooth antennae to talk to other microbits and your phone
  • has enough computing power to do a lot of things

What are the strengths of Micro:bit?

  • it’s a good starting microcontroller because has a good programming platform
  • microsoft makecode – graphical platform or text code
  • micropython is another option

How do I get started?

  1. Purchase a starter kit for about  $25 on Amazon.
  2. Go to Makecode.microbit.org, and work through the Tutorials

What are some of the favorite projects you’ve made with micro:bit?

  • drink dispenser
  • controlled dot matrix printer from the 80’s
  • Borg costume
  • fingerprint reader for light switch

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Hour of Code 2023

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Hour of Code 2023

253: Hour of Code 2023

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week in the week of the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper. If you don’t know about her contribution to the field of computer science, here is a short video to watch with your children

Each year you can find many free coding activities that will take students about one hour to complete on the Hour of Code website

This year they have included a number that are related to AI and those are the ones I talk about in this episode. The 4 I tried out are:

  • Dance Party: AI Edition
  • Build Fun Apps/Games Using ChatGPT AI
  • Scratch – Book to Code
  • Discover AI in Daily Life

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, show sponsor FundaFunda is offering a discount on their programming classes – you can get $20 off any of them with code HWT20 until Dec 31, 2023: 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python or Full semester Scratch or Python classes

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Travel to Learn US Geography

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #185, Travel To Learn US Geography, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Travel to Learn US Geography

In “Travel to Learn US Geography,” Episode, #185, Meredith Curtis shares ways to teach US geography as if you were on a road trip through each US state and territory highlighting natural wonders, historic landmarks, and interesting people and places. Learn to use mapping, road mapping,  sightseeing, drone videos, cooking, baking, and research to discover our beautiful country. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your camera—we’ll see lots of beautiful places! Traveling, even from your family room, is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! I love to travel. If only I could pack up the minivan and travel from state to state for a year or two.

Country Overview

  • How USA grew
  • Regions: Landforms, Climate
  • Farming

Road Trip & Packing

  • If we were going.
  • Why it’s their favorite class.

Regional Overview

  • Maps – colorful and fun
  • Mapping
  • Food, culture, music, landmarks, natural wonders, rivers, lakes

Take a Tour

  • State Description
  • Places to See
  • Food, crops, resources, fun things to do

Research

  • Statehood, flower, bird, fun facts
  • Copy flag – make it beautiful

Road Mapping

  • Lost skill with GPS
  • Where roads go and how they meander
  • g. Interstate highways (S to N even) (W to E odd)

Cooking & Baking

  • I dish or meal from each region
  • Kids LOVE this!

In Class Online

US Geography course at True North Homeschool Academy

Use God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories

God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations

Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.
  • Videos (esp Drone, travel, adventure)
  • Games
  • Questions: “What do you notice about this state flag (seal, capitol, coin, stamp)
  • Photo of Map Shape: “Give me the capital and abbreviation)

US Geography Online Class

Jr High US Geography

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US Geography Resources

Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Flags & Seals by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions
Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

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Science Exploration A for K-3rd Grade at True North Homeschool Academy Science Exploration B for 4th-6th Grade at True North Homeschool Academy True North Homeschool Academy High School Computer Science Class Healthy Living for Teens Class with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy
World History of the 20th Century for High School with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy 8th Grade Math and PreAlgebra with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra I with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra 2 with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy

 


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Essential Computer Skills for Teens

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #184, Computer Science Online, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Essential Computer Skills for Teens

In “Computer Science Online ,” Episode, #184, Laura Nolette & Meredith Curtis discuss Laura’s Introduction to Computer Science course online at True North Homeschooling Academy and the essential computer skills for teens. Laura, a 30+ year veteran and continuing student of the IT world, offers some insight into why students need a computer science class and what they can learn in this one. Meredith and Laura talk about the computer related challenges they have helped homeschool students overcome as they learn online.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

What Students Need to Know About Computer Science

  • Basic history of computers
  • What computers do
  • How they work
  • How they think
  • What’s in a computer
  • What works with a computer
  • What is computer programming or game design
  • The internet – How it works how it was built
  • Internet safety
  • How can you use the internet to make money?
  • Office application
  • How to make apps work
  • How to find work on your computer
  • How to organize your computer
  • How to customize or personalize your computer

Teaching Computer Science Online

  • Learn What They Need Now
  • Learn What They Will Need in the Future
  • Start with the Basics
  • Using the internet to learn
  • Using the internet to share or submit documents
  • Compare & Learn To Use Different Systems
  • Microsoft Office 365 – including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Google Chromebook – including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • MacBook or iMac – inclkluding Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Teacher Experience

  • Been around computers since childhood
  • Worked as a IT professional for over 30 years
  • Involved in the beginnings of the internet
  • Siblings are all IT professionals
  • Taking more classes still

Always keep learning

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Science Exploration A for K-3rd Grade at True North Homeschool Academy Science Exploration B for 4th-6th Grade at True North Homeschool Academy US Geography for Jr High with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy Healthy Living for Teens Class with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy
World History of the 20th Century for High School with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy 8th Grade Math and PreAlgebra with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra I with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra 2 with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy

 


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Challenge your kids to code

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Challenge your kids to code

208: Challenge your kids to code

There is no better time to challenge your kids to code! Computer Science Education week is December 5 – 11, 2022 but the free resources I talk about in this episode are available year-round

Mentioned in this episode:

Hour of Code – in the episode, I explain how to navigate the website to find the perfect activity for your child.

Show sponsor FundaFunda’s programming classes – you can get $15 off any of them with code HWT15 until Dec 31, 2022: 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python or Full semester Scratch or Python classes

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Challenge your kids to code

An Easy Way to Get Your Children Coding

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an easy way to get your children coding

160: An easy way to get your children coding

Do you need an easy way to get your children coding? Do you know they need to learn and have no idea where to start?

Well, this episode is for you. In it, I share about the Hour of Code and how it can get children of all ages (even ore-readers) started with coding – or get them to move on to the next level.

FundaFunda’s programming classes mentioned in this episode:

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Non-tech skills students learn from coding

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Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

144: Non-tech skills students learn from coding

There are many non-tech skills students learn from coding. This means learning to program is useful even when students don’t decide to pursue a degree where programming is core to it. These are the skills i talk about in this episode:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Perseverance
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity

Students will also learn humility.

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Everybody code for one hour this week!

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Code for and hour with Hour of Code

111: Everybody code for one hour this week!

It’s time for the Hour of Code again – and in this episode, everyone is encouraged to code for one hour! It doesn’t matter when you listen – the activities will be available free for you to try.

You can find all the Hour of Code activities here.

The ones I mention in this episode:

  • Disney Codeillusion: Media Art Adventure with Mickey
    Grades 2-8 | JavaScript
  • Design Your Own Maze!
    Grades 6+ | JavaScript
  • Code a Grandparent Card in Scratch
    Grades 2-8 | Blocks
  • Codesters: Code Your Own PSA
    Grades 6+ | Python
  • CodeMonkey Jr.: Pre-coding for Preschoolers
    Pre-reader | Blocks
  • Build your own chatbot in Python
    Grades 9+ | Python
  • Space Adventure: Write Code and Catch Bananas!
    Grades 2-8 | CoffeeScript
  • Professor Photon’s Color Conundrum
    Grades 6+ | Computational Thinking focused so no language

Show host FundaFunda Academy has a Christmas contest that includes basic Scratch tutorials.

For Computer Education week (ends Sunday 13 December) you can get FundaFunda’s 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python class for just $35 (a $20 saving). No coupon required.These classes are self-paced but are also graded and help is available for students who need it.

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Code for an Hour during this year's Hour of Code

Participate in the Hour of Code

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Participate in the Hour of Code

62: Participate in the Hour of Code

 

The Hour of Code will be held during the week of 9 – 15 December 2019, BUT you can participate in the activities any time during the year.

The goal is not to learn to code, but to learn what coding is and that coding is fun and creative and anyone can do it.

Visit the Hour of Code website to find a wide range of options of short tutorials that will introduce children to code.

Here are a few you will find on the website that I tried out and enjoyed:

Candy Quest

This uses Tynker. The tutorial explains how to use coding blocks and then you use those blocks to solve each challenge.

Kodable – Build your own Fuzz

Start by creating your creature using code, them you use arrows to choose the path for him to move along. There are arrows that show you what to do the first time and it is all obvious. No reading required

The Little Artist In Your Computer Activity Pack

This is a pdf ie unplugged coding. Listen to our episode explaining what that is. You work through it solving each problem with code.

Code it! – Images and Animations

In this tutorial, you learn how to use code to draw and animate

Dance Party 2019

Use coding blocks to achieve dance moves

Banana Tales: Python Coding Game

This activity uses real Python code. You have to adjust it to solve each puzzle.

Minecraft

Use code to make your character move.

Our show sponsor is offering a Scratch Christmas Contest. Students will get access to basic Scratch tutorials and once they have worked through them will be able to create an interactive Christmas scene. Best submissions will win gift cards.

FundaFunda Academy also has an Intro to Game Programming self-paced unit study that provides a gentle introduction to the world of programming.

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Unplugged Coding

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Unplugged Coding

Episode 43: Unplugged Coding with Sandra Balisky

 

Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology.

Sandra Balisky from Real World Learners is our guest today. She has a background as a math and English teacher and is now homeschooling her own children and working on an online math course for early elementary students. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram

Sandra explained the concept of “unplugged coding” (listen to the episode to hear what it is!)

What coding skills can you learn when you’re not using a computer?

  • Writing a “program” for others to follow that includes giving precise directions. This often entails using positions on a grid or using degrees in a circle to describe location
  • Learning about binary code, how it works and why computers use it, and how to create a simple set of directions with on/off conditions
  • Understanding and coming up with conditional statements (if/then) and playing around with how those affect the overall “gameplay” experience
  • Learning the ins and outs of computer hardware and software
  • Using loops to eliminate repetition and make the code as simple and concise as possible
  • Learning about digital citizenship and how to safely and effectively navigate the online world
  • Developing a growth mindset!! These activities will stretch kids to think and problem solve in new, creative ways. It will also encourage them to persevere and not give up in the face of challenges!

Where can I find resources to help my kids have fun learning these skills without sitting in front of a screen?

Sandra has a post about unplugged coding with a free printable unplugged coding game and she has other unplugged activities for sale:

More Resources that offer lists of activities, printables, and ideas for things to do to practice coding skills offline.

Once your children have learned some principles of coding from unplugged activities, consider signing them up for one of Fundafunda Academy’s Intro to Game Programming Online Class.

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