An Hour of Code

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During an Hour of Code with technology teacher Lauren Pedone, Shore Road students learned to navigate a space using algorithms in the Minecraft game. The goal was to teach them that giving directions in the correct sequence is an important skill in writing computer code.
    
Ms. Pedone used masking tape to create a grid on the classroom floor. A student called the “human robot” or “run” was then given a series of directions by peers, who held postcard “blocks” written with “turn left,” “move forward,” and “turn right.” The students were able to switch out the directional blocks to acquire the desired result. By following the correct sequence, the “run” then moved to the desired colored square on the grid.
    
“This process is used in computer programming to build a sequence,”
Ms. Pedone said. “The lesson teaches the students to think sequentially and to give directions in a computer language.”
    
The students also had the opportunity to write code by logging onto the Code.org website where they completed their own algorithms for Minecraft coding.