MakeCode Arcade: Using Coding to Encourage Creativity, Collaboration & Problem-Solving in Wellbeing

I have recently started teaching coding as part of the wellbeing curriculum in my school. You might think; what has coding got to do with a student’s wellbeing? It turns out, quite a lot! Collaboration & Problem-Solving Firstly; wellbeing focusses on the junior cycle key skill of staying well. It is outlined in the wellbeing …

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CS First

The way CS First works is simple and easy. You first need to set up a class online (you can find the instructions here). Once your class is ready, you can then add students and/ or co-teachers to your class by clicking on the ‘People’ icon on the left-hand side. Next you add activities. There are …

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Last Call for DreamSpace Summer CPD

A last call out to potential participants for our three Microsoft blended courses (Virtual face-to-face & online), ‘Minecraft for Education‘, ’21st Century Learning with Office 365′ and ‘DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom‘. Participate in live Microsoft Teams workshops for 3 days followed by 2 days online in your own time and learn how to …

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Building digital games with your students using MakeCode Arcade

I have written here before about the BBC Micro:bit and its many useful applications in our primary classroom. Over the past number of months, I have used MakeCode Arcade to teach coding with primary students. The students used MakeCode Arcade to design and program their own retro games. This has proven to be a fun …

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