So yesterday I featured two apps produced by students while I was at the launch of the UK Hour of code! Today… here’s another. Student Dawid Czajka is 13 from Uppingham Community College and developed an app after coming to me for requirements.
Students have been approaching staff and asking them how they can contribute to lessons. They have been asking them about the apps which will be helpful to learning. 3 of the apps produced have been useful for History and P.E, so I thought why not help my own subject out.
I told Dawid that it would be nice to have an app which introduced people to computer science. Maybe an app which labels bits of computer hardware. It would give students and intro to the subject and they would be able to see where some of the hardware goes. After sitting down with me and learning about the hardware he wrote down my requirements and off he went.
Today is the release of his app into the windows store! You can download it by clicking on the image or by clicking here. With the launch of the hour of code we’re aiming to get a students app into the store every day this week in order to celebrate and the apps this students are making at the age of 11,12 and 13 is phenomenal. The great thing is…. the learning has been flipped. I’ve provided the tutorials and they’re making the apps and it’s also given the students a voice. They can see the impact they’re having in lessons and they can also see the feedback by the number of downloads each time. Try out “Computer Hardware” by clicking here. You drag the word to the piece of hardware and then to the place where it goes.
These apps were produced using the tool TouchDevelop.com and the students love it because they can continue working on the apps at home in the cloud. It runs on any device and they continue doing it on the bus, on the train or wherever they are at that time! You can try the scheme of work with your students here:
KS2 Scheme of work – Introduces basic loops and algorithms to primary school students
Ks3 Scheme of work – Introduces a host of lesson on algorithms, sprites, booleans and more
Don’t forget to continue getting your students building apps with the UK hour of code! I’ve already had 130 students take part and have another 100 taking part today. Are you game? Find out more by visiting http://www.uk.code.org with your students and get them working through the tutorials today!