Play Land the Helicopter Game Made with @Scratch

Play Land the Helicopter Game Made with @Scratch

I just created a Land the Helicopter game using Scratch!

Press the green flag to let gravity lower the helicopter down on to the platform. Use the left, right, and up arrow keys to maneuver around the clouds. Hit one and the game is over. Land on the platform and you win! Press the green flag to begin again. Happy landings!

Please let me know if you find any bugs!

via Land the Helicopter Game! on Scratch.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Game with Scratch

Rock, Paper, Scissors Game with Scratch

I just created a Rock, Paper, Scissors game using Scratch! It was so much fun! After getting the basic functions down, I kept wanting to take it once step further. When Cat wins, he meows. When Crab wins, she does a little dance. When they tie, they both shake with frustration. 🙂 And I added a script to clear the scoreboard to start over.

Please check it out… and let me know if you run into any bugs!

Press the green flag to watch Cat and Crab have a rock, paper, scissors duel! Beetle keeps everyone honest by acting as referee. After each round, press the green flag again to watch them play again. To clear the score board and start over, press the space bar. Have fun!

What is Code?

What is Code?

Bloomberg recently posted a very long article by Paul Ford called What Is Code?. I have been reading bits and pieces of it at a time for the past several days. But for someone who is learning how to code, wants to understand how computers work, and how they will change our future, this is a very accessible, , beautifully designed, and well-written article. It talks about the complexities of code while also acknowledging the simplicity. It encourages you to think about what code is and does. I particularly like when he says:

Code is inert. How do you make it ert? You run software that transforms it into machine language. The word “language” is a little ambitious here, given that you can make a computing device with wood and marbles.

The computer waiting to turn signals into commands to complete a task… that is what I mean about complexity and simplicity.

Learning these things has been on my radar for a long time, but it felt like so much… too daunting of a task. The Scratch MOOC just kind of started the ball rolling. Now that I am understanding it and enjoying it, I realize just how important this is for our future. After all, as Ford says:

If coders don’t run the world, they run the things that run the world.

via Paul Ford: What is Code? | Bloomberg.

EdX & W3C HTML5 MOOC begins June 1

EdX & W3C HTML5 MOOC begins June 1

As I have said before, I am digging more into coding since I started working with LEGO robotics kits with public libraries all around Texas. I am saving lots of resources (with an emphasis on FREE) on learning how to code here. Even though I am also currently taking a course on Scratch, my husband and I are going to be challenging each other by taking an HTML5 MOOC together offered through EdX by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), developer of web standards and currently run by some guy named Tim Berners-Lee. It begins today, Monday, June 1st!

All of this online coursework makes me feel like I am back in grad school! I have been keeping up with lots of LIS reading but have been mostly just sharing on Twitter as I haven’t had much time to write. Oh, and I am finally getting around to a little light reading, too. I was rather pleased when I realized that I was using a Library Freedom Project sticker to bookmark my latest read, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. 🙂

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Free Coding for Kids Webinar from the Texas State Library

Coding programming for kids is going to be/is already the next big thing! Catch this free webinar to learn more on implementing it in your library!

Cracking the Code – Coding in the Library

Wed, May 19, 2015,  2:00–3:00 PM CST

Join us for a webinar to look at FREE resources for teaching K-12 computer programming via your library. The best part? You need zero coding experience to participate! All you need is a willingness to have fun, let your patrons be the experts, and to provide time for kids to get excited about designing their own programs. Perhaps you have heard about Hour of Code? Well the hour for coding in your library is now! Don’t miss out!

The webinar will be presented by Leah Mann, Library Media Specialist at Killian Middle School in Lewisville ISD. Lea has fourteen years experience as an educator, including eight as a school librarian. She has a passion for providing opportunities for students to explore in a variety of ways and is excited to be a part this dynamic season for libraries. Leah  has presented on a variety of topics at TLA, TCEA, SXSWedu, and ESC Region XI and is excited to have recently added coding to the mix, and to present her first webinar.

Click to register for Cracking the Code – Coding in the Library

via Cracking the Code: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission Will Host a Webinar on Coding for Kids | Library Developments.