Hour of Code
As you may or may not know, next week is Hour of Code. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community effort.
Starting Monday, the student homepage (tech.ltusd.org) will include a page for Hour of Code. While you may not be interested in officially completing an hour of coding during the week, I'd highly recommend allowing your students to explore the coding activities. Coding helps to nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. The activities are organized by grade level (from pre-readers to 8th) to make it easy for them to select their level.
If you're planning on hosting an Hour of Code in your classroom, please let me know as I'd love to pop in and take pictures of the students coding.
If you'd like to see some of the coding activities or try them out yourself, check out this link: