Friday, October 3, 2014
Tip of the Week: Hour of Code: October 3, 2014
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science and basic coding (programming) for students in grades K and up. Designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of programming (coding), the Hour of Code is a global event that typically takes place during Computer Science Week. This year Computer Science Week takes place December 8th through the 14th but if you can't do it during that week, you can do it the week before or after.
So you might be asking yourself, "Why code?" Code.org believes that "Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path."
A few classrooms from across our district have participated in this "Hour of Code" with great success. In fact we have a 2nd grade teacher here in Sudbury who is doing coding activities with his students throughout the school year.
You do not need to know anything about coding to host an event with your students. The activities are self guided. You choose the tutorial you want and pick an hour and Code.org takes care of the rest. They have options for every age and experience-level, from kindergarten and up. Yes, I said kindergarten..
Here is everything you need to know about implementing this in your classroom:
Posted by donnacriswell at 12:00 PM