Middle School Teacher New to CoSpaces in Need of Help


#1

I am a middle school technology teacher and am new to CoSpaces. I want to show my students how to use Blockly to code their creations. They are familiar with using Scratch and I wanted to “take it to the next level” with CoSpaces and a 3D environment. Are there resources for teachers on how to get students started on the basics? I have found a few tutorials, but nothing geared specifically for teachers. I have already set up my classes and students have “joined” now we just need to get started with the fun stuff!

I see in one the tutorials with a unicorn, that it says that many of the characters have “built-in” animations. I am only finding one figure, a bird, that has this. What am I doing wrong? Students are not going to enjoy this much if their characters just appear to be gliding across the screen in a stationary position. They will want them to walk, gallop, fly, etc. Any suggestions??

Thanks!


#2

Hey,

Regarding your question with the objects. You can check the “Characters” categorie, there you will find the humans with all kinds of animations. And also have a look at the “More objects” categorie, it contains a lot of objects with nice animations :slight_smile:


#3

Perfect! Thank you!

Do you know if there is a way to animate the items under “3D Objects”? There seems to be a lot more variety under that category.


#4

The only objects that can be animated are the ones that have built in animations included in the inspector :slight_smile:


#5

Thank you Ben! That stinks…but I understand.

What about teacher resources? Do you have sample lessons, user guides or beginning step-by-step tutorials of the basics to help teachers get started coding with kids? It’s great to be able to set up classes, but there doesn’t seem to be much already existing out there by way of support tools/resources.


#6

Of course, we have plenty of materials :slight_smile:

You can check here for numerous resources/lesson plans: https://cospaces.io/edu/plans.html

The gallery inside of CoSpaces Edu is host to numerous different spaces that can be explored.

This forum is also a great place to get some handy tips, as well as our Youtube channel that has a number of great tutorials from getting started to more complex coding: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6VsnmaKQ9MNRpJbFsIhoGw

And don’t forget our Hour of Code activities that can be found here: https://cospaces.io/edu/hour-of-code/pirate-plunder/

Thanks :slight_smile:


#7

Thank you!!

Our class completed the hour of code activities Pirate Plunder and Robot Rattle. The students really enjoyed them!

Thanks again for your help!


#8

Thanks for the clarification! The basis of the further development is new modern technologies. Of course, alone the can’t bring a revolution. This is the source of modern technologies, in my opinion.


#9

I am having students try out the welcome tutorial this week in class and they have noticed a few errors:

The instructions to copy an object say to left click. They are noticing that left clicking does not work, however right clicking does.

The “markers” icon is missing from the final step in scene one.

The “upload” icon shown in the tutorial is different than the upload icon where you actually click to upload an image, etc.


#10

Thank you for bringing this to our attention; we will make some amendments to the tutorial :slight_smile:


#11

Do you have any other sample lessons for coding? The shark coding is a nice intro, but as a teacher not knowing how to code in Blockly, I need more examples of how to use the tool. I see many examples of how to create a really amazing 3D environment, but very little on how to use the code to “make it come alive”. My students have used Scratch and would like to be able to do similar things in CoSpaces, but I don’t know where to find lessons to teach them. Scratch has so many more resources for teachers. It would be nice to have a brief tutorial on how to use each block and then a sample lesson on how to put those ideas together in a lesson for students. OR even a lesson to show them how to make a “game”/activity like the pirate plunder or the robot rattle. You show how to “play” the skating game, but how do I instruct students how to make one themselves. I don’t know the Blockly code needed. HELP PLEASE!
Thanks!


#12

Hi everyone. I already share all my documents with the CoSpaces community (Facebook and forum).
Here are some tutorials I used this year with french beginners:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-rRjoDMbM0iRUZVak5YWjFvVHc

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-rRjoDMbM0iblNjQVZFN3hGT0k

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-rRjoDMbM0iZExLcDVSOWdlSXM

And here are some fun stuff for young students:






#13

Thank you for sharing these! Is there a way to see the code that goes with them? I can only access them in play mode right now.


#14

You can join the class I used to share my work on Facebook with this code V4AEB from this link https://edu.cospaces.io/Auth/Code


#15

Is there a “Cheat Sheet” that shows each of the blocks and what it is used for? Maybe with a breakdown by category? I am looking at a tutorial for switching cameras and it shows a “code” block. I have not been able to locate this block.

Also is this the only way to switch from one camera to another? It seems as if there should be a “switch camera to” block with a drop down of the cameras that are active objects in the program.

Thanks!


#16

Here is the suggested code:
44 AM

Here is what I am trying:
14 AM


#17

JoAnn_Rosebrock, Camera 1 is not a valid JavaScript variable name (in particular, JavaScript identifier names should not contain spaces) and it can not be used in “JavaScript” block.

And code on the first screenshot (“suggested” code) looks correct, doesn’t it work on your side?


#18

I am unable to locate the “coding” block in the “suggested” code. The closest I was able to find was the “JavaScript” block. Where do I find the “coding” block?


#19

Removing the space worked! Thanks!


#20

Indeed, “Coding” block was renamed to “JavaScript” in one of the recent updates, so this screenshot is a bit out-of-date. But this is essentially the same block, it is only name that changed.