Makecode Mindstorms EV3

I have previously blogged my Makecode fandom and now I have played with LEGO Mindstorms. I must note that very soon LEGO will be replacing their EV3 lab software with EV3 classroom, which will be based on scratch. The good news will be that the learning resources for Makecode can be easily ported to Scratch and vice versa. Therefore, the unit that I have developed should be pretty sustainable, no matter which platform you end up using.

I have uploaded, both a Onenote and PDF of a unit that takes students through the basic and then has them managing a team project for a Sumo bot challenge. I also have the EV3 lab versions in Onenote and PDF. These and other goodies are available on the DigTech page.

Enjoy!

Minecraft Education Edition Remixed

I have blogged previously about my love of all things MakeCode and one of my favourites is coding in Minecraft. Recently, I have remixed the lessons from Minecraft Education Edition to fit them to my context.

I have remixed ‘Coding with Minecraft‘, for year 7, with a portfolio of tasks as assessment:

http://www.throughtheclassroomdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Coding-with-Minecraft.pdf

My other mix, drawn from Intro to CS with MakeCode, is for a year 11 Applied ICT class with a project as assessment:

http://www.throughtheclassroomdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Animation-and-Games.pdf

NOTE: The latest updates, revisions and OneNote files may be found in the DigTech Resources menu link above

Make Retro Arcade Games with MakeCode Arcade

Microsoft has really pulled out all the stops in support of Computer Science education. With MakeCode you can creatively code for:

A recent option is to make retro arcade games with MakeCode Arcade. These then port to a variety of handheld consoles; some of which you can make yourself. My class made consoles from HackerBox 0041.

The other reason that I am a fan of MakeCode is the support. MakeCode arcade is supported by:

I have cobbled together my own Unit and resources, based on these:

http://www.throughtheclassroomdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Gaming-Console.pdf

NOTE: The latest updates, revisions and OneNote files may be found in the DigTech Resources menu link above