Lining up the Blocks: Coding in the Classroom

Block Coding

Block coding in the classroom is better than ever with these exciting updates!

Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder

With a recent update to Minecraft: Education Edition, teachers and students no longer must run a separate program application formerly known as Code Connection. With Tynker and Microsoft MakeCode, students have new opportunities to apply computational thinking and creativity using the Code Builder within Minecraft. Teachers and students can activate the coding feature by typing “C.” Many tutorials and coding activities can be found in the code builder to offer support on your Minecraft Coding journey!

Scratch 3.0

Scratch 3.0 introduces features such as text-to-speech and extensions to other compatible programs like Micro:bit and Lego Robotics kits. The updated user interface also includes new characters called Sprites, new backgrounds, and additional sounds for the sound library. Scratch projects are still easily shared across the Scratch platform and can be remixed to produce new projects.

Microsoft MakeCode, Cartoon Connection, and Adafruit Partnership

Three coding leaders have joined forces to inspire a new generation of creative coders with a set of tutorials and activities. Using the block coding program from Microsoft MakeCode, the graphics and animations from Cartoon Network, and the affordable Adafruit Circuit Playground Express Micro-controller, students can program physical devices that use beloved characters for further engagement in programming. The project also contains a Flipgrid for each activity to give students the opportunity to display their creations and share them with the world. To learn more, visit the Microsoft Education News Blog.

Contact your local school’s TTIS for additional coding support.

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