8th Grade Coding Class – Video Game Show-off

My 8th grade coding students have just completed their video game project.  I wanted to share their projects with you to give you an idea of what we can do in the Computer Science Discoveries class (8th grade).  I hope you enjoy them.

Computer Science Discoveries – Unit 3 – Animation & Games – Video Game Project

Featured Games:

Kristina’s Game       Daniel D’s Game       Lily’s Game

Landon’s Game       Smith’s Game

**Note**  We know there are some glitches here and there, but what these students have accomplished and learned in less than a semester is pretty impressive.  I wish we had more time to address all the glitches.  Check back later in case they tweak or improve their game.  We have since moved on to app creation.  I hope to share those here soon too.  ~ Mrs. Graham


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Sign-up beside Mrs. Graham’s door or in the Media Center if you are unable to access the form below.  Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, April 10th.

Go to Typing Agent to practice your typing. Be sure to do the tests or timed writings. Agent Training and games WILL NOT be used to help us determine who makes the team.

Below is the address for Typing Agent.
Click “Login with Clever.” That will take you to your login for Google. Login with your school email (first name dot last name @Shelbyed.org) and your usual school password.  Link to Typing Agent for Shelby Co.

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A coding club/advisory next year?

I am exploring the possibility of hosting a coding group for 7th and 8th graders during advisory next year.  This is not official and may not happen at all.  However, I wanted to see how many students would be interested in being in the group IF IT IS feasible.

This group would meet during advisory.  It would not change anyone’s elective class.  So, students in band, choir, and other year-long courses could be a member of the group without leaving their current elective.

If you are interested complete the form as soon as possible.  Here is the form.

Information about 8th grade coding classes (Sign-up NOW!!)

Seventh graders – NOW is the time to sign-up for 8th grade elective classes.

There are three options for students who want to learn about coding (programming).

  • Elective Wheel – Introduction to Programming (Semester Course) – By signing-up for the 8th grade elective wheel you may possibly be in this class next year, but it is not guaranteed.  This course covers an introduction to various programming languages, web development, and video game development with an emphasis on business and customer service.
  • Computer Science Discoveries (All Year) – This course is an all year course for students who show an interest in learning about coding web pages, animations, games, and apps.  Students must sign-up with Mrs. Graham and indicate their choice on the course selection sheet the counselor provides.  See the link to the video below.
  • Computer/Yearbook Aide & Introduction to Programming (All Year) –  Students must sign-up with Mrs. Graham.  There are only a few spots for this position.  Student history and prior performance at OMMS will be reviewed before being accepted to this important position.  Students must be trustworthy, reliable, and willing to work independently on coding assignments.  This is not a study hall.  Students will basically be a yearbook and computer aide for the first semester and do Introduction to Programming curriculum the second semester.  Students accepted to this position will be on the yearbook staff as well.

Class update – 2.7.2018

I can’t believe this nine weeks is half over!  Even though we have missed almost a week due to some weather we have made great progress learning to type without looking at our hands (all grades).  Those who already pretty much knew how to type without looking at their hands have continued to improve their keying skills by typing paragraphs and backspacing to correct any mistakes.

In addition to typing, sixth grade students have been learning about basic computer tasks such as save, open, save as, overwriting a file, navigating the network, and so forth by creating a lovely detailed painting about something that takes place in the spring or a spring landscape.  I hope to include some of the images here later.

In addition to working on their keying skills, seventh grade students have been using the Anywhere USA game to learn about digital citizenship and computer safety.  We will soon begin working on a career exploration unit.  (Interest inventory, career research, resume’, cover letters, job applications, and etc.)

Coding students (8th grade) have been working some on their keying skills on a daily basis, but the majority of their time has been spent on solving coding puzzles using block code or Java Script.  We are working on Code.org Unit 3 – Animation & Games.  They have been doing a great job working together (teamwork) to help out students who are confused by some puzzles.  Reading, following directions, and attempting the levels in sequential order is important to success in this class.