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DreamSpace HomeSpace is an initiative by Microsoft Ireland to help teachers, parents and children participate remotely in some of our favourite DreamSpace activities. Our HomeSpace series begins with our favourite MakeCode platforms- micro:bit, Arcade and Minecraft. Just like in DreamSpace, we want to equip participants with some basic computer science knowledge in each session in a bid to spark their creativity about what they can make next.
Every lesson will be available on demand for those who cannot join us live and for anyone revising afterwards.
Each session will contain a 30-minute tutorial followed by a home challenge. There will be live Q&A so that we can help with any queries throughout and 15 minutes after the tutorial ends. Check out our schedule below and we look forward to welcoming you to virtual DreamSpace.
In this series, MakeCode for micro:bit will bring pupils from age 6 to 10 through being artistic, mathematical & musical by using block-based programming. No physical micro:bit is required at home so join us to learn, imagine, design and code.
Please note- this activity is browser based at https://makecode.microbit.org
MakeCode Arcade is a retro gaming programming software and has become a firm favourite with #MSDreamSpace visitors this year. With this series, students from ages 11 to 16 can make your very own game from any cool idea you might have. Learn to navigate the basics with us and then supercharge your own ideas……we can’t wait to play!
Please note- this activity is browser based at https://arcade.makecode.com
Whether you have played Minecraft before or not, we would love students from ages 9 to 14 to join us in Minecraft Education Edition. During our series, we will be working on programming aspects in our Minecraft worlds from our own coded buildings to making chickens fly (yes-we did say that!). Come join us playing, crafting, learning and coding.
Please note- to join in with this activity, teachers and students need to use an Office 365 school account log-in (free or paid).
See here for guidance on this.
Wednesday March 25th 1pm
Game on! In this lesson, learn how to design your own sprites (characters), set the scene, and choose from a variety of special screen effects to get your very own game underway.
Friday March 27th 1pm
Agent Activation! This lesson is an introduction into the world of Minecraft and our friend, the AGENT. Learn how to enter a new world, edit your player and begin your coding journey.
Teams Live Event Disclaimer
PLEASE NOTE If you choose to participate in this session using Microsoft Teams, your name, email address, phone number, and/or title may be viewable by other session participants. Select “Watch on the web instead” and then “Join Anonymously” to ensure nothing is visible.
Find all the resources in our Wakelet resource collection to continue the learning after the live broadcast
Engage your family for an hour or more with these safe and simple, family-led learning experiences for ages 3 to 12. This collection of free activities, curated out of educational resources from around the world, encourages families to Learn, Do and Share. Enjoy some time together! You’re doing great!