Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

CoderDojo Meetup Plans for 7/9/2014

Coder Dojo 7/9-Topic will be Morse Code and other forms of non-verbal communication

During the last 3 weeks we have worked with sound files. We have created music sound track using Soundation. We worked with sound files from birds. We learned how save sound files and embed theme into web pages. This week we are going to work with interpreting and creating morse code. We will embed javascript into an html page that will interpret and play the morse code we have created.
We will use this page to create the actual MP3 files.

Morse Resource

See example: Online Morse Code Generator.

Morse code began being used in 1830. It is still in use today. History of Morse code

Eventually the plan is to go back to soundation and incorporate the bird sounds and morse code into a music mix-up. The side effect is the kids learn little about history and that programming is another form of language. At Coder Dojo we strive to use conventional tools in unconventional ways. 

Please remind the kids to bring headphones since they will be working with sound files. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

7/2/2014 Coder Dojo Meetup

Build a Very Basic HTML Page

We had more than a full house tonight, about 15 kids not including parents. The topic was building an html page based on a particular topic. The attendees were to select a bird song from the following page and build a basic web page around their bird of choice. Requirements:
  • Create a folder for their source files
  • Find pictures and information regarding their chosen bird.
  • Save the following files the folder (bird song sound file, picture of their chosen bird species)
  • Create a text file and create a basic html page that displayed a heading for the page, some descriptive text, the image of the bird, and a link to the bird's song file.
I gave the kids the requirements then let them figure out how to reach the end result. The goal was to get the kids and parents to work together to find the solutions. It was a little frustrating for the kids until the finally started helping each other. The result was great.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Copy and paste this code into a text editor

  <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    google.load('visualization', '1', { 'packages': ['map'] });

    function drawMap() {
    var data = google.visualization.arrayToDataTable([
    ['Lat', 'Long', 'Name'],
    [36.1667, -86.7833, 'Nashville'],
    [35.9292, -86.8575, 'Franklin']

    var options = { showTip: true };

    var map = new google.visualization.Map(document.getElementById('chart_div'));

    map.draw(data, options);
    <div id="chart_div"></div>

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Coder Dojo Agenda 6/18/2014

There will be two demos by one of the students. The topic will be using a Wacom tablet.

The second demo will be regarding how to collaborate using Skype.

Once finished with demos. Students will embed the music files they made in into an html page.

Meeting will be held at 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Nolensville library.
For more information email me at