From Thanksgiving Break to Winter Break, all Heights students have been learning in computer lab about computer coding! This is part of the Hour of Code. Millions of people of all ages participate in this yearly event which introduces coding skills.

Here is the Symbaloo (online bookmarks) we used:

Code 2017 Symbaloo

Kindergarten and first grade students can click on their teacher’s tile and then sign in with their secret picture from the login card sent home. Students in 2nd to 4th grade can click on the Code Studio tile ( to sign in with their school email address and password. Then they can continue the course we started in lab.

All students can explore more activities by clicking on the Hour of Code tile (

or the Made With Code tile (

Or the holiday-related tiles!

There are also apps that explore coding. Here are some that we have on our iPads. All listed are free. Listed from easiest to more challenging. They are also available for Android devices.

  • Daisy the Dinosaur
  • Cargo-bot
  • Scratch Jr.
  • The Foos (ages 6 – 8)
  • Kodable (ages 6 – 8_
  • Hopscotch (ages 9 – 11)
  • Tynker (ages 9 – 11)

Coding helps develop creativity and innovation,  as well as critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. And it’s fun! Parents – give it a try, too!