The Hour of Code
The week of December 8-14 is officially the week set aside for celebrating Computer Science Education Week, and it is also the official week in which all teachers are invited to try out an hour-long introduction to coding that anyone can successfully complete titled the Hour of Code.
The purpose of the Hour of Code is to demystify the idea of computer coding and show students that anyone can easily learn the basics of computer programming. Last year, the Hour of Code reached tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. We believe that this speaks to both a need and desire for this type of learning, and we encourage you to host an Hour of Code event in your school.
You can learn more by watching this video:
How to get started
There are many great resources devoted to the Hour of Code, including tutorials, planning guides, and pre-designed (and free) activities for kids of all ages.
We recommend that you start with these:
- Hour of Code Official Site
- Code.org Hour of Code
- Computer Science EdWeek Site
- Code Academy Activity
- Tynker Hour of Code Site
- Scratch Hour of Code Site
A Special Invitation
The ICATS in conjunction with the Indiana Connected Educators are hosting a special one-hour ICEDiscussion next Monday (December 1, 2014) at the Donut Bank on Lincoln from 4-5 PM. This event is open to anyone who is interested in sharing ideas around how to get started with Hour of Code this year. No experience is necessary! If you have ideas, bring them! If you need ideas, come and get them! And earn a free Professional Growth Point in the process :)