Monday, November 30, 2020

Go beyond the Hour of Code 💻 with studio code org - teacher👨‍🏫 and student 👩‍🎓point of view. Amazing for asynchronous learning as well.

If you would like to participate in the Hour of Code (December 7-13, 2020) I created a blog post that you can visit.

If you are interested in continuing to have your students code and have the information save, then make sure to log on to (this is also the link to place in a site such as Google Classroom where students can log on throughout the year).
  • In the upper right select sign in and then create an account (if in a Google District I would recommend choosing Continue with Google).
  • You are then in "My Dashboard"
    • On this screen you can scroll down a bit and create a new classroom section
  • When you select Create a section you can then choose picture, word, or personal logins. If you work in a Google District be sure to scroll down just a bit and choose Google Classroom.
  • Your students can now go continue with their coding and continue to use it throughout the year (they can pick up where they left off)
You can also see a 2 minute and 15 second YouTube tutorial I created showing the above as well.

Take care,

Hour of Code 2020 💻 - December 7-13th - remember to create certificates for your students 😃

Hour of Code is upcoming (Dec 7-13th). If you click here you will be taken directly to the site that includes "How To", "Activities", "How to Promote",  as well as "FAQ".

  • Please note that you do not need to sign up your class for accounts if you do not wish to (if you do - click here for a short video - Going beyond the Hour of Code). 

I hope you and your students enjoy this time for students to be creative, show some grit, laugh, and have fun creating!

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 30 second YouTube tutorial I created followed by information from Hadi Patovi (founder of


The Hour of Code is a month away, happening this year from Dec. 7-13, 2020, and we’re excited to announce 115 brand-new tutorials and lesson plans! Many activities were created with remote learning in mind to support the various classroom models taking place during this time.

Introducing CodeBytes: New mini-lessons for virtual classrooms
We hope everyone can join us this year for CodeBytes, our brand new series of
easy-to-digest, 20 minute interactive lessons that will stream twice daily during Computer Science Education Week, Monday through Friday, December 7-11. If you’re planning for a classroom that’s gone fully virtual, CodeBytes are designed to fit smoothly into a distance learning plan. Episodes are tailored to different grade levels.

Whether students have a computer or a smartphone, they can interact with and tune-in to every episode. Each lesson is hosted by staff and blends computer science with real-world topics, including artificial intelligence and #CSforGood. Take a look at our planned activities, and add your favorites to your calendar so you don’t miss out.

Explore endless computer science topics with brand-new tutorials
This year’s activities dive into tons of different CS topics like AI, data processing, and app & game design, as well as programming concepts like events, loops, and variables!

Students can explore the oceans with SciGirls, learn to code and meditate with CodeSpeak Labs, build a climate clock with Vidcode, or try out another of the 30+ new #CSforGood themed activities and lesson plans! See them all at

No computer? No problem. Unplugged resources for students
Every student deserves to learn computer science regardless of what technology they have at home. A number of engaging new unplugged options from our partners at Google, Kodable, iRobot, and elsewhere are available to learners with low or no connectivity or limited device access.

We’ve also created a printable Hour of Code Unplugged Activity Packet for ages 4-18. Please include these resources in your next communication to parents and caretakers so that your students can still join this global event.

Find a remote volunteer for your Hour of Code
To make this year’s event even more engaging for students, try inviting a volunteer to speak to your classroom! Many volunteers* are eager to help in-person or virtually and are also CS professionals who can speak about their career path.

Whether your students are learning in-person, at home, or a hybrid of both, we hope that these resources can make it simpler than ever to bring an Hour of Code to students of all ages. However you choose to participate, we can’t thank you enough for your effort and support.

Hadi Partovi

*Please note that is not responsible for individuals who sign-up to volunteer 

How to get a class list of students in your Google Classroom

 If you would like to have a complete list of students in a particular Google Classroom there are a few quick steps to make it happen (Google currently does not have this readily available).

Below are the steps:

  • Access the classwork section of your classroom
  • Choose an assignment and select view assignment
  • Select the settings gear (upper right of page)
  • Copy all grades to Google Sheets
  • I like to remove the first 5 rows to clear out the excess data
    • I also like clearing column C
  • Since all cells are frozen you have to unfreeze the columns
    • view>freeze>no columns
  • Since Classroom has last names in column A simply highlight column A and drag to column B
  • In the example I highlight 1 A - hold down Shift and then select the last name in Column B (in this case it is 8 B) 
  • Right click (or Ctrl C) Select copy and now you can paste where you would like to place the names
  • Make sure to rename your Sheet as well for future reference
Embedded below is  a second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, November 1, 2020

How to change your audio, video, and microphone while in Zoom

 If you are in a Zoom meeting and would like to change your video output to another video, i.e. IPEVO, BRIO, etc, try the following:

  •  Select the carrot next to the Video Icon and choose your camera

If you are in a Zoom meeting and would like to change your microphone or speaker try the following:
  • Select the carrot next to the Microphone and choose your microphone as well as speaker.

If you would like to adjust your Microphone and Speaker on your Windows device make sure to enter into your settings and then choose system>sound

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 18 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,