February Newsletter

Mr. Hadjian ~ Welcome to Coding

Coding With Mr. H!

 

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Using the Internet, responsibly!

Greetings parents,

The 3 main rules for exploring the internet:
  1. Always ask a parent/adult for permission before going on
  2. Only talk to people you know (Family and Friends)
  3. Stick to sites that are just right
My opinion:


Knowing all that we know now about all of the information held by the internet, both good and bad, it can be a little worrisome thinking about the types of things that might come into contact with our students. I have read a lot of different studies, and the consensus seems to build internet trust with students by setting and maintaining consistent guidelines that are more preventative and less restrictive. One way to look at this is by letting students know ahead of time that you will be checking history, periodically(weekly/daily/monthly). If they delete history they are breaking your trust, but if you set this boundary ahead of time then you will not be checking on them because you don't trust them, rather, you are merely completing a weekly/daily/monthly ritual. 


I would compare allowing students to use the internet, to the process of helping a students prepare and get their driver's license. At this point, in the students career, we have a lot of control over their usage. However, it is important to encourage them to use the internet the same way we would use it. Think about how we use the internet, then allow students to observe you while you use it. Back to the driver's license analogy, they should have some sort of knowledge of the tools available to them when searching the internet, rather than sending them to take their driver's permit test without any studying.


The next step, after they prove their knowledge of how to use the internet, is to set up some boundaries/rules/expectations. Consider this as the moment they've earned their permit. It's time to set your own ground rules. For example, what are some times that students can use the internet. This is where you can set some restrictions, unbeknownst to the students. Allowing them to use the internet between 7am-9pm, provides students with a respect of the internet, builds responsibility, and prevents overuse, which could lead to insomnia. Perhaps you set a rule to limit internet by hours used, like no more than 3 hours per day.Students should still be assisted, but now you can start to sit back, and monitor from a distance(figuratively). Each family, might have different guidelines, and there should be no straight line policies. This will allow for a reward zone for earning more time on the internet, but also, not meeting the expectations can result in consequences, such as less time, gaming restrictions, or total loss of usage. 


Once a student shows you how responsible they can be with their safe usage of the internet, and they build a trust with you, then you can prepare yourself for a student who has their driver's license. Keep in mind, just because your student has their license, they don't have a free for all to do what they want. There are many responsibilities that come with being an internet user, and understanding that committing internet crimes like pirating, cyberbullying, and identity theft/phishing scams can result in life long scars, and assignments. Ultimately, we have to do our best to show our students that they can trust us and communicate anything that might be scary, or unknown to our students. 


“Code Stars” This video is very inspirational. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA

 

Track your students progress through the year!

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Let’s Connect Our Children with Coding

This class is all about being interactive and working together. Many parents get excited when they hear about their children coding. However, sometimes the parents aren’t really sure about what exactly we’re doing in class. Let’s change that here and now!

In the chart below, I have listed the course code for each class, by the day and grade level. Once students get to this site they will select their name and enter in their password. If you ever need a student’s password for home use, please contact me and I will make sure you obtain it.

Ask your students to go to http://code.org/join and type in the section code (Listed in chart below)

OR

Alternatively, share this section's sign in page with your students:http://studio.code.org/sections/XXXXXX



DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

1st

Godwin

SKJBZZ

Fields

KKVGRQ

Ortiz

HJMQCB

Poelker

RPXQWV

Hanson

JPKNBK

2nd

Rapp

MTHRBH

Kelley

MHMTDX

Harrison

YCQLQW

Baker

PHPSCP

Miller

FMCDHG

3rd

Mayer

SKVRTC

Conner

CCMFNY

Chapman

DVCNTW

Strong

KPLGJD

Albright

KPMYTM

4th

Jackson

DHFSJF

Jefferson

DJMVMX

Sahr

SRSYTZ

Cook

MKDYMY

Finney

XYLSHN

5th

Richardson WXSDFJ

Thornton

XFLTTD

White

YQRCWY

Kwenin

JBWBRB

Hutcheson

SZFKKP




 


 

 

Please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns your student may be having, so that I may help you to the best of my ability.

Jordan Hadjian

Lower School Coding and Computer Science

(816)412-5967

hadjianj@universityacademy.org