For the week 9 challenge I did the Hour of code challenge. I programmed a game of Minecraft as an Hour of Code activity. The activity was with block coding. I'm very new to code, so I had to do a very
A video on how to play: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Vdsd350eU_crebpc39yV7ieXNhKtDGU/view
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/
For the Week 9 challenge, what I chose to do is to visit the Flipboard and checkout couple websites.
Name: friendly food fanatics
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.
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.
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/
For my blog post I did the Hour of Code. I just one at random and the one I clicked I actually enjoyed. It is a Star Wars programming game where you get to program BB-8 and other cool characters. Even
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.
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:
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.
Also come check out my classrooms blog at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/ !
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!
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!
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/