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Teaching Code through Digital Media: Hour of Code and Beyond

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Presented by Melissa Halfon, Vidcode co-founder


In this recorded webinar, learn about ways to bring coding into your classroom through digital media projects. Appropriate for both computer science and non-technical teachers of students age 10 and up, viewers will take away methods to integrate coding into any subject area.

Melissa will share ways to participate in this year’s Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 7-13), as well how to continue teaching computer science after the week is over. She provided an overview of Vidcode, a platform designed to teach programming by making video projects with code. Through a hybrid interface of block-based and syntactical code, Vidcode functions as a bridge between visual programming languages like Scratch and more complex text-based coding.

Built on the mission to increase girls’ participation in computer science, this tool and curriculum appeal to both young women and men by tapping into a hobby they are already immersed in: video and photo sharing.

Topics covered include:

  • How to incorporate code into other disciplines through creative projects
  • How to participate in this year’s Computer Science Education Week
  • Projects ideas for semester and year-long classes
  • Introduction to the Vidcode interface and curriculum and ways to get started right away
  • Explanation of continued training and support for both computer science and non-CS teachers

Melissa also fielded questions from participants. Watch her in a recorded session that will help everyone better understand how to teach code in a fun and engaging way.

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Melissa is the co-founder and CTO of Vidcode. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan. Before Vidcode, she was a software developer in the financial industry where she built trading algorithms for a multi-million-dollar equity trading desk. She now leads the technical team at Vidcode in deploying a product for kids to discover their own passion for STEM.




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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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