I am excited to announce the launch of a website focused specifically on using programming in regular content area instruction.
Since I began working as the technology teacher at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School three years ago, I have been developing lessons and strategies for
using programming and computational thinking in everyday lessons.
In March, Rowman and Littlefield will publish my first book “Programming in the Primary Grades: Beyond the Hour of Code” and the new website will host resources for this book as well as my new Podcast “Beyond the Hour of Code.”
The first 11 episodes of the New Podcast “Beyond the Hour of Code” preview the book content and get the conversation started about programming to learn in the K-5 classroom. We are live on iTunes! Beyondthehourofcode.com/itunes.
I am really excited to launch all of these resources to help more teachers use programming to support creative expression in choice-based learning contexts.
Just Getting Started
Beyond The Hour of Code will continue to grow. Soon we will publish quick-start guides for the best classroom programming platforms and robots out there. The first in this series explores ScratchJr and I have a handful of great ideas to transform learning in your classroom quickly by extending existing lessons with programming.
While I am really excited about the publication of Programming in the Primary Grades, this site will support K-12 teachers using programming instructionally.
It Takes a Great Team
I am grateful to all my friends who helped with the book and the website, many will be profiled on the site in the months to come as I share my sources of inspiration. If it codes, you can count on Beyondthehourofcode.com to explore the pedagogical possibilities.
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