Hour Of Code Challenge

For my Blogging Challenge I did the Hour of Code Challenge. The name of the project I did was called CodeCraft. It was sort of like Minecraft, but there were no monsters, you could not fly and you could not dig. To see my world, mess around with it, make buildings and more, click here. Once you do, first click the book button to start seeing the world and then click the play button. In this, I learned about JavaScript and how I can change my computer. I would definitely recommend it and I would give it 5 stars .Have fun and enjoy this coding! To change what you put down, go to the bottom of the code, see what you want to place and put two slashes in front of the ones you don’t want to place. (P.S. If you want to try some coding of your own in this go on to where it says //Fancy Stuff For Fun, click that and hit new file. Then if you hit the book again it gives you information for how to code.)

A video on how to play: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Vdsd350eU_crebpc39yV7ieXNhKtDGU/view


My Letter To Alex

This piece of writing is for the week 9 challenge for Edublogs. I am writing about a 17 year old coder. He is blind but still manages to go to school during the day and has a coding job at night. Alex is a very incredible person and very capable. So here is the comment that I wrote to him!


Hi Alex, my name is Jenna. I live in the US just like you! I am a student at McDowell middle school. I am in a technology class and we are learning about block coding. That is the only coding I have even done before. Is it anything like the type coding that you do? Do you have to use a special type of computer considering the circumstances? Also is it hard to do all of your school work and go to your job everyday? School for me is already hard enough I couldn’t imagine going to school and having a job. It so cool that you can handle both. I know that might not have much time for anything else but other than coding do you have any other hobbies? That’s all I have to say for now but if you have time you should come and visit my class blog! http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/


Week 9 Challenge- Visiting websites

For the Week 9 challenge, what I chose to do is to visit the Flipboard and checkout couple websites.

By Jenna


Website #1

Name: friendly food fanatics

Hyperlink: http://kgromer2021.edublogs.org/2018/11/30/a-photo-to-represent-my-holiday-celebration/

Blog post: A photo to represent My Holiday Celebration

What was appealing?: The reason I chose to look into this website is that of the picture they had. The picture was of their family during Christmas, and since Christmas is coming soon and they posted about the holiday so I decided to see what they like to do during Christmas that is different from what I do.



Name: Nandini´s blog


Blog post: All about my Favorite Holiday!

What was appealing?: The reason I chose to look at this blog is that of the holiday she was describing. She described it as Holi, which I have never heard about so I decided to check it out. I found out about the Holiday Holi which they celebrate in India, I learned about the meaning of Holi and who celebrates it.


Name: Mrs.Hartś 7th-grade class


Blog post: Celebrations and Festivals

What was appealing?: The reason I chose to look at this blog is that in the title it said it was a7th-grade class. The person who posted this also talked about what her family did during multiple holidays and events.



Letter to Alex

This is my week 9 challenge for the Student Blogging Challenge. For week 9 we had 3 options. I chose to write a letter to Alex. Alex is a 17 year old who is also blind and can code! Below is my letter to Alex.

Hello Alex,
My name is Kensie and I’m a 7th grade student at McDowell middle school. At my school we learn about coding in a technology class. During one semester, half of the 7th graders have technology and the other half have art. Considering your situation, I think it is remarkably incredible that you know how to code! I, myself, don’t know how to code at all. I would like to learn though! If you have time, please reply back to me at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/




Coding, Coding and More Coding

     I have, for this weeks challenge, decided to do an hour of code activity.  The one I chose was the Flappy Bird activity and let me say, it was pretty fun. In the Flappy bird activity, the name is a little misleading. It says ” Hour of Code” to me. What it should actually say to me is “Five Minutes of Some Block Coding”.

     What you do in this hour of code activity is you are given a set of block codes one at a time and you have to follow their instructions. It was very, very simple and didn’t get confused at all really. I will list the instructions here below.

1. Make the bird flap

2. Make it move horizontally

3. it score points

3. Give it obstacles

4. Make it lose when you hit the obstacle

etc., etc. you get the point

     Some good things about this coding activity is it was easy. Very easy. So easy that I got it done in less than five minuets. It also might be a good intro to more young children who like or are interested in or just want to try coding.

      I thought it was very easy to do that so I also did another challenge. Here is a list the things I did



I really hope you enjoyed my post on the Flappy bird creator activity. If you want a link, click here.


My comment to Alex

For the week 9 blogging challenge I commented on Alex’s blog. I thought his story was super cool! I thought it was interesting how he said he became blind when he was in 9th grade. I also thought it was awesome how Alex didn’t let anything come between him and his dreams!

This is my comment to Alex:

Hey Alex!
Your story is so cool! I think it’s awesome that you didn’t let your disability take over your life.
Your story kind of reminds me of a girl who I am best friends with and her name is Riley. She is blind as well, but she was blind from birth. Riley plays the piano and flute and she is amazing at it! It’s like your story because you don’t let anything come in the way of you and your dreams and that’s awesome.
Sincerely, McKinley
Also come check out my classrooms blog at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/ !


About Alex


For the student blogging challenge, we are learning about code and the director Kathleen Morris invited a blind young computer programmer onto the scene. Alex is visually impaired, and yet he is an accessibility developer along with a system administrator for Incsub, also known as the company behind Edublogs. He makes sure all the companies sites are up in running and that they are accessible to the visually impaired. Even though Alex was officially confirmed with this condition he didn’t stop. He moved on and continued to do the thing he loved, coding. First he was hired at Incsub, his job there was for live chat support. As he continued to work at coding he was later asked to be a computer developer, and he accepted. Even though Alex is blind, that doesn’t stop him, he now has the responsibility to make sure all the Incsub sites are up and running along with easy access to anyone. He learned the basic HTML code in 7th grade and continued coding from there! It wasn’t until he got hired at Incsub that he started teaching himself the more detailed code like JavaScript and CSS to name a few, along with several more. One thing that stood out to me about Alex was how much passion he has for coding. It seems as though he absolutely loves coding and wants everyone worldwide to know what code is and how to do it, especially younger generations. In the end, Alex just is an incredible person who found something he loved and didn’t even let the adversity that is blindness, in this case, stop him. So far Alex has not responded, I’m sure he is very busy and has a lot on his plate with school work and his job but I’m sure he will answer my questions soon! 


Comment to Alex:

Hi Alex! My name is Lynsay. I just finished reading your story and it is so interesting. I find it awesome that even though you were faced with this condition of blindness you were able to push through and continue what you love to do! I have a question, is coding hard? I have never actually coded before but it looks really fun and from reading your story I might have to give it a go. Another question, how many times do you code a day? I bet you do a lot of it since it seems you’re wonderful at it!

Happy Holidays




Letter To Alex

As part of the student blogging challenge for week 9, it is all about coding. I chose to write a letter to Alex who is a 17-year-old blind coder. It was so interesting to me that he is an accessibility developer and system administrator!

Hi Alex!
My name is Sophie and I live in Ohio located in the United States. I am a 7th grader at McDowell Middle School. I have a few questions for you. For one do you have to use a special keyboard to type? Does being blind get in the way of what you do, or does it not affect you? Lastly, how did you start doing coding for a living? So those are all my questions and I think you are such an inspiration to viewers of all ages! Keep up the good work and hope to hear from you again in the future! As an addition, our advanced language arts class has a blog. I encourage you to check it out if you get the time. Our blog is at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/