Coding – Tynker subscription

HCOS is proud to launch a new coding subscription to help your student learn about computer science.  In September 2016 the new BCED plan will bring in coding as a mandatory course for all students 6-9 and then as an elective in grades 10-12.  In K-5 coding will be introduced as an integral part of the school curriculum.

To further learning in this area we have purchased the following subscription database for your students in K-12.

TYNKER

Are you one of the families who has been excited to start your students learning computer coding?  Programming?  JavaScript?  Then you’ll be happy to hear that we have just purchased the use of Tynker for our students.

This subscription is described as “The Easiest Way to Learn Programming”, and “Learn to Code with Tynker”.  Tynker’s online course provides a complete learning system with interactive exercises, guided tutorials, fun creativity tools, puzzles and more to make programming fun.  Whether students have worked with coding before, or are complete beginners, there is something for each one.

Because coding or programming will be part of the new BC Education Plan in the fall, we’re preparing to make Tynker available for our HCOS families.   With Tynker, you can begin enjoying some of the amazing adventures to come through these new educational initiatives.

To sign up your student, please fill in the FluidSurvey at Tynker 2016-17.

Tynker tutorials may be found at this page here.

A video sharing curriculum content including extra courses may be found here.

Tynker also has STEM lessons available – here is a correlation with the BC EdPlan Science content.

Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Age range:  8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.  Information for parents:  https://scratch.mit.edu/parents/ 

 

 

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