Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hour of Code Kickoff - It's a Hit!

Students were revved up by President Obama





and astronauts at the International Space Station



and then The Hour of Code erupted into problem solving, critical thinking, team work, and...FUN! 

Ready. Set. Go!
 

Hayden and Vanessa working as a team.

Brian is giving some useful advice.


"Wait, how'd you do that?"

Liam and Hayden are trying another strategy.

Sarah is SO into this!

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Sarah is using her body to make sure she enters the right instructions. Great strategy!

Avari is helping out. Way to go!

Mike thinks Hour of Code rocks!


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Please comment! What was the best part of the Hour of Code?
What did you learn? 
What do you want to do next?

77 comments:

  1. Dear Viewers,
    I think the best part of the hour of code was the ways on how to solve it. It’s also tricky and it makes you think harder on how to solve it in a limited amount of moves.
    Sincerely
    Izabelle,

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    1. Dear Izabelle,
      I agree with you, the best part is solving it! The bird and the zombie tells you to do the least possible moves. It’s a good thing that there were videos before we solved it. Hopefully, the game inspires people to be in the Hour of Code or at least go to, code.org.
      Sincerely,
      Charlize

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    2. Dear Isabelle {Izzy},
      I agree that it is tricky and it gets harder and harder. It’s still so fun
      From,
      Tori

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  2. Dear Mr. Pahl

    I am very excited to do the scratch codes. I really liked doing the other codes and figuring out which way to go (as you saw in the video). I am glad to do more of the codes and do something new and participate in something so huge.

    Sincerely, Miranda

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    1. Hi Miranda,
      I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes activities like coding are challenging, but if we think of it as a kind of game, it can be a fun challenge, right? You did a great job hanging in there and trying out different strategies until you were successful.Nice work.
      Mr. Pahl

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    2. Dear Mr.Pahl,
      I agree what you said to Miranda
      From,Micah

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  3. Dear mr.pahl

    The hour of code is the best ! I love the hour of code!

    from Brody

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    1. Dear Brody,
      I'm glad you loved it! What are some reasons you liked it?
      From, Mr. Pahl

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    2. Dear Brody,
      I agree. I love the hour of code! It really is the best!
      From: Hayden Gates

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  4. To Hour of Code,
    Thank you so much I think Hour of Code is really helping.
    From Benjamin,

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  5. I think kids need to go to the hour of code because it shows them how to use a computer in different ways so they learn better and when they are grown up it is not so hard.
    By: Yolibeth

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    1. Dear Yolibeth,
      I agree with you, because it can teach people how to use codes. When they grow up and they want to make video games, they can use the codes that the website taught them.
      Sincerely,
      Charlize

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  6. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I really like the way that it’s an angry bird’s game. It would be a fun way to express the Hour of Code!
    From: Elijah

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    1. Dear Eli,

      I agree. I'm glad they used something like Angry Birds to help learn how to code. It's great that you enjoyed it.

      From,
      Mr. Pahl

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  7. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    What was the best part of the Hour of Code?
    My answer= The best part of the Hour of Code to me was that we could learn things about technology.
    From: Hayden

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    1. Hayden, that's terrific! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Wait until you see Scratch!
      Mr. Pahl

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  8. Dear class,
    I like teamwork and helping each other but also, I LOVE THIS PROGRAM!!!! There’s nonstop thinking and working and figuring things out, and HAVING FUN!!!! Instead of buying a game, MAKE ONE! It’s so fun. I think we should do this more often...
    -Alanis

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    1. Dear Alanis,
      I completely agree with you. I LOVE THE HOUR OF CODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We should do this more often.
      From your bestie,
      Tori ;) ;)

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    2. Dear Alanis,
      I love the hour of code, but sometimes, we just need to think of something to change the world on a computer. We can make video games like Mine craft, our own website like Facebook.
      From,
      Kyle

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    3. Dear Kyle,
      It’s sad that we only have one week to do the activities. I wish it was a month.
      From,
      Tori

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    4. Dear Tori,
      I agree with you, Kyle, and Alanis. The hour of code is the best thing ever! I like the plants vs. zombie’s levels. It was kind of hard on level 20 but I finally figured it out.
      Sincerely, Amaya

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  9. Dear 4th grade,
    I think the person who made Code.org is very smart and has a great brain. Hour of code is a great use of time for kids and even adults too. The hour of code website is just amazing to use and a great math learning project. I want to say “ Thank you for inventing Code.org Hadi and you have a great mind “
    From, Annabella

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    1. Hi Annabella,

      I agree. I am so happy that Hadi and the other organizers of this event did what they did. I am also really glad that they made it pretty easy so just about anyone can do it. I hear that there are even first graders doing the Hour of Code in some places. How cool is that?!
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      Mr. Pahl

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    2. Dear Mr. Pahl,
      I agree with you because if Hour of Code was hard none of us could have gotten that far with out team-work because if we had a 50 by 50 computer we could all work together on the problems we could go back to our computers and put the answers in the problem.
      From, Annabella

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  10. Dear Mr.pahl,
    I learned that from the Hour of Code it helps you with problem solving and the Hour of Code needs teamwork or not
    Sincerely,
    Eric

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    1. Dear Eric, you're right! I had to take my time and really think about some of these. They were complicated! It taught me to slow down, read directions, and use strategies! Sounds familiar doesn't it?
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      Mr. Pahl

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  11. I really like how Charlie used a strategy to help Miranda on the hour of code problem

    From: Brandon

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    1. Hi Brandon,

      I liked that, too! It's funny how sometimes we need someone to explain something just a little and then it all "clicks" for us and we understand.

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      Mr. Pahl

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  12. Dear. Pahl,
    What I just learned from the Hour of Code that the games on there like Anger birds and , The Zombie, remind me about a games call Maze. And it’s also uses a builder place and puzzles pieces too!
    (P.S.)
    What other games we will use with the code.
    By: Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      The next program we will use is called Scratch. By learning this program, you can create MANY items like your own video games. It is challenging, but really fun. Check out the Hour of Code website to see more possibilities.

      Have a good day,
      Mr. Pahl

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  13. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I have learned how to get through hard mazes how you can do it in the least moves possible and how you can figure out how to control.
    From your fourth grade student Silas.

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  14. The games on the hour of code are fun but I am wondering if you can make your own games on that website from Brian.

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  15. Dear Mr. Pahl I really loved the hour of code, and I also think that was a very good idea about doing the hour of code. I really learned about spaces and shapes. I also learned how there can be different spaces that go into lefts and rights. I’m also looking forward to starting the next activity that all of us will be doing next. I just really love the Idea of the hour of code. I just really think that the hour of code was a good idea. Great Wishes, Hannah

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  16. I think kids are going to learn better because people want to learn how to use a computer so they do not struggle when they grow up or even when there kids that’s why kids need The hour of code.
    By: Yolibeth

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  17. Dear Mr. Pahl
    I think the 4 grader have fun with The Hour of The Code because we can play game on online and think to

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  18. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    What I liked about Hour of Code was the angry birds and plants versus zombies. I passed angry birds and I succeeded two plants versus zombies levels. I started at past 9:10 because my computer is so slow.

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  19. Dear Mr. Pahl,

    The hour of code helps we learn to make like websites and other kinds of technology apps in the future or now! And like president Obama said that we need young computer scientists like us. And make a video game do not buy one. If there is a button on the computer that says repeat use it instead of doing it over and over again.
    Sincerely, Charlie.

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    1. Dear Charlie,
      I agree. Use it more than once if needed too!
      From,
      Tori

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    2. Dear Charlie,
      I also agree with you, we could make an app using the hour of code so if someone has an idea of an app that they want to make, they can just go to code.org/learn to make it.
      from: Izabelle,

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    3. Dear Charlie,
      I agree with you, we can use codes to make video games and apps. It’s going to be easier with a repeat button, that’s for sure.
      Sincerely,
      Charlize

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  20. Dear 4th grade

    Every person should do the hour of code it is the best in the world!

    From: Brody

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  21. Dear Mike,
    I agree big thumbs up for the hour of code it’s a fun and efficient way to learn new technology. Sincerely,Jaymeson

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    1. Dear Jamyson,
      I think Mike really enjoyed it because when in the picture he was smiling. I agree with him and everyone else who thinks so. I enjoyed it mostly because of the fun strategies to help you complete the level.
      From,
      Tori

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    2. Dear Jaymeson,
      I think Hour of Code is a great way to learn technology, too. Hour of Code tells you what to do, step to step. I give Hour of Code five stars!
      Sincerely,
      Charlize

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  22. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    The hour of is fun and challenging, but why does it seem to be like a video game? You can tell me at the after school computer science my mom said I could do the after school computer science. Otherwise you can tell me at recess.
    From, Alex

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  23. Dear 4th graders
    Who thinks that we should keep doing code

    From:David

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    1. Dear David,
      I think we should!
      -MIKE

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    2. Dear David,
      I agree with David I think it would be great to learn more about Hour of code maybe someday we can make video games, apps and all that jazz.
      Sincerely Ellis,

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    3. Dear David,
      Me, Me, Me, Me,!
      From,
      Tori

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    4. Dear David,
      I agree with you because people should know the rights about Hour of Code.
      From, Annabella.

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  24. Dear Mr. Pahl.
    THANK YOU for making a new thing on the blog like the hour of code.
    By Gurparam

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  25. Dear mr. Pahl ,
    The hour of code is vary fun and it helps you learn to if you have hour of code it is fun because I have it.

    From vanessa

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  26. Dear Mr.Pahl,
    My favorite part of the hour of code was that you can’t just do random things and then say “Okay this doesn’t work.” You have to find different strategies to use to solve a puzzle. What was your most challenging level? What was the easiest beside the first 5 levels? My most challenging was level 17, and the easiest was level 12.
    Reply your answer below. Thanks
    From,
    Tori

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  27. Dear fourth graders,
    I think the Hour of code is using our brains like math, reading and writing and also it’s very fun to work on. I also encourage you to join Mr. pahls Hour of code club!
    Sincerely Ellis,

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    1. Dear Ellis,
      I agree Ellis I think the hour code is using are brains and it’s also fun to do because you can make anything!
      Sincerely Danny,

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  28. Dear 4th graders,
    I learned that we need codes for a lot of things. Games have lots of codes in it, on Plants vs. Zombies you need to see where to place your plant so it can defeat the zombies. I hope everyone is going to do the Hour of Code!!!!!!!
    From,
    Charlize

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    1. Dear Amaya,
      I totally agree that learning how to code should be a civil right! Even in countries that don’t let women cut their hair, everyone should have a choice to learn it.
      From Sam, a student in Mr. Pahls’ classroom

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  29. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    President Obama is right. Even if you do live in a city or a ruled country everybody should be able to learn computer science. Computer science is so important to everybody’s future. If everybody in the world did not know how to do computer science, we would not have technology, video games, and computers. Just follow your dreams and do what you want to do.
    Sincerely, Amaya

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    1. Dear Amaya,

      I think I agree with you because sometimes kids want to dis-obey their parents at least once. Even if you do live in a ruled country it’s probably hard because you feel stuck and you probably feel like you can’t even do anything. Who sometimes feels stuck and can’t even do anything?
      Sincerely, Evyn

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    2. Dear Amaya,
      I agree with Amaya because Obama said “don’t download the latest app help create it, don’t go buy a game make one”. I think we can all do that
      Sincerely Ellis,

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  30. Dear Mr. Pahl
    I did it play it
    From darren

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  31. Dear everyone,
    The hour of code is very impressive because this is a great shot of learning computer science. And if MR.OBAMA has to do with this I’m so in THE HOUR OF CODE!!!
    BEST WISHES! MADELINE

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  32. Dear Everyone,
    Nice job working together! I liked how I sow some classmates helping each other.
    From,
    Anny

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    1. Dear Anny,
      I like the way that classmates were helping each other too. Maybe we should give everybody thumbs up on the way out! Don’t you think everything is better with teamwork? I think so. Isn’t it great to have friends?
      From: Kyle

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  33. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I think the Hour of Code should go on longer. The Hour of Code is AWSOME! Thank you.
    Sincerely: Mattias

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    1. Dear Mattias,
      I think that the hour should go on for longer not just because it’s awesome, but because it gives children strength in learning how to build games, videos and other things. The Hour of Code is not just made for entertainment, but for mind building and giving your brain a chance to be able to help you build on the computer.
      Sincerely, Kyle

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  34. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I love the hour of code! It is so fun I stayed up all night doing it.
    From, Maximus

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  35. Dear Mr. Pahl
    On one of them I liked the way Charlie described how to get the pig.

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  36. Dear 4th graders,
    I think that the hour of code is going to be great! And like Barack Obama said; it can make a difference in our country.
    From:
    Sarah.M

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  37. Dear President Obama,

    You are true that we have to make game instead of buying games.

    By, Sebastian Castillo

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  38. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I definitely think Hour of Code is SUPER great. The things you can make and do with it is amazing! I think every school should teach it. Everyone should know how to code… Especially in a way that is this easy!
    From Sam, a student in Mr. Pahls’ class

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  39. Dear Mr. Pahl
    I think the Hour of Code should still be going. It’s a fun way to express learning to help people make video games and to get better at PC learning. If you like the idea just go on Scratch at home if you have internet or a Computer etc.
    From: Elijah

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  40. Dear 4th Graders

    I think the hour of code is the best because you can learn a lot how because you can learn lift to right and learn your mystics.It gets you excited and it makes you what to learn.
    From vanessa

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  41. Dear 4 graders

    I love hour of code but sometimes
    It can be tricky.
    I also really like how you can use imagination to make awesome stuff.

    Sincerely Devin

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  42. Dear mr.pahl

    I think that hour of code is really fun we should keep working on hour of code.

    By:David

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  43. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I really like the hour of code. I like it because it really challenges you.
    From. Micah

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  44. Dear Mr. Pahl,

    I think the hour of code is great it was actually easier than I thought it would be. By the way Is there another website were going to be using?

    From,
    Sarah.H

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