Wednesday, February 24, 2021

CapCUE Survivor 2021 - 10 Steps To Hosting A Virtual Coding Camp Focused On App Design And Prototyping

Are you interested in learning more about how to host an in-person or virtual summer camp or after school club for students to get them excited about coding and computer science? You can host a club or camp focused on app design and app prototyping in 10 easy steps.




App prototyping is the process of creating a working model of an app. Before spending a lot of time writing the code for an app, you can create a prototype to help you map out the interactivity and features of the app. Essentially creating models of each screen, the features of the app, and demonstrating what happens when you push a button. Does the app go to the camera app, a photo gallery, a data entry tool, or back to the home screen?

I hope you are able to join me to learn more about hosting a virtual summer coding camp focused on app design and app prototyping as a way to get students excited to learn more about computer science, coding, and app development.

Session Description
Learn 10 steps to guide you from start to finish in organizing and holding a virtual summer camp or after school coding camp or club for students focused on app design and prototyping to build their interest in learning how to code and develop iOS apps. Hear about the process and free resources available to help your students learn more about app design, UI, and UX while prototyping a working model of an app using the Keynote app on the iPad to help solve a problem or challenge in their community. No previous coding experience needed. 

Google Slides and PowerPoint users can follow this process too.

Presentation Slides

Marketing:
Creating a flyer to get information about the camp out to students, staff, and families is a very important step in the process so that everyone knows about the opportunity. Fortunately there are lots of great tools, apps, and applications that you can use to create your flyer.

I used Keynote and shapes from the built-in shapes library to create the flyer shown below.


Layout and Graphic Design:
Keynote
PowerPoint
Google Slides
Canva

App Ideas:
Where to start? We had students brainstorm ideas of apps that they thought could help solve problems or challenges in their communities or could help to promote opportunities or resources that  people might not know about.

We used the Google Jamboard app. Padlet would be another great resource for this task too. Both of these apps allow students to add sticky notes to a board to share ideas with others. By using a collaborative community board, students who were still struggling to come up with ideas were able to take inspiration from the ideas shared by others.

Learning About App Design:
Apple has an awesome App Design Journal that is a Keynote file that guides students through the four stages of the app design process: brainstorm, plan, prototype, and evaluate. The journal is loaded with helpful information and spaces for students to sketch, write, and record their thoughts as they move through the process.

Creating An App Prototype:
 


Building Interest - Creating A Good Pitch Statement:
 

Celebrating Student Success:
 


Keep The Interest Going:
 




Resources:
Apple K-12 Education Teaching Code - Curriculum and resources for teaching code.
Apple Teacher Learning Center - Learn about iPads, apps, Mac computers, applications, and integration ideas. Get started earning your Apple Teacher badges.
App Design Journal - Keynote file students can use to guide them through the app design and app prototyping process.
App Showcase Guide - Tips, suggestions, and steps to hosting an app development or app prototyping showcase.
Google Meet - Video conference application.
Google Jamboard - Internet-based collaborative whiteboard. Great for collaborative brainstorming. Saves in your Google account.
Keynote - Apple presentation app for iPads and Apple computers. Awesome for creating presentations, drawing, animation, video, and layout and design.
PowerSchool Schoology - Learning Management System for hosting courses and groups making it easy for students to find, access, and share materials and learning.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I'm Speaking At The World Education Summit 2021

  I am excited to share that I will be speaking at the World Education Summit 2021 in March!




I will be presenting 2 sessions on a couple of great topics for anyone in a distance learning or virtual learning situation:
  • 10 Steps To Hosting A Virtual Camp Focused On App Design And Prototyping
  • Get Started With Code Wherever You Are

I am looking forward to sharing some great resources for teachers and students and a model of how to make computer science experiences available to students even during virtual or distance learning situations.

I hope that you are able to join me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I'm Presenting At CapCUE Survivor 2021

  I am excited to share that I will be presenting as part of CapCUE Survivor 2021 at the end of February!





I will be presenting a session on a great topic for anyone in a distance learning or virtual learning situation:
  • 10 Steps To Hosting A Virtual Coding Camp Focused On App Design & Prototyping
I am looking forward to sharing some great resources for teachers and students and a model of how together students excited about learning more about computer science and app development even during distance learning situations.

I hope that you are able to join me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

I'm Presenting At ISTELive 21

 I am excited to share that I will be presenting at ISTELive 21 in June!



I will be presenting a session on a great topic for anyone in a distance learning or virtual learning situation:
  • 10 Steps To Hosting A Coding Camp Focused On App Prototyping

I am looking forward to sharing some great resources for teachers and students and a model of how to make computer science experiences available to students even during distance learning situations.

I hope that you are able to join me.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

I'm Presenting At Spring CUE 2021

 I am excited to share that I will be presenting at the upcoming Spring CUE Conference in March!



I will be presenting on one of my favorite topics:
  • Get Started With Code Wherever You Are

I am looking forward to sharing great resources for teachers and students and how to make computer science experiences available to students even during distance learning situations.

I hope that you are able to join me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Twitter #AppleEDUchat - Inspiring Educators With Ongoing PD

 

Are you looking for ways to inspire educators in your school or district with ongoing professional development?



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I hope you can join the #AppleEDUchat on Twitter on February 2 for an inspiring chat with Brianna Buck, myself, Apple Distinguished Educators, and others as we reflect about what makes professional learning impactful and motivates adults to keep learning.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Impact Education 2021 - Level Up With Student Tech Leaders

Need to teach your students technology skills for distance, hybrid, or classroom learning? Let them teach each other!




Our student Genius Squad tech teams learned new tech skills, put their skills to work through service learning to support their teachers and classmates by running iPad help desks at their schools pre-COVID-19, and ran virtual help desks during distance learning. 

I am honored to present with two of our great Genius Squad advisors, Joe Larsen and Megan Tracy, and some of the Genius Squad students from E-STEM Middle School to highlight our Genius Squad program and the virtual help desk that students have been running.

Join us and check out the work of our elementary, middle, and high school Genius Squads and resources that helped them level up their skills and created an interest in computer science careers.






Resources:
Presentation
Click here to see our session slides.