Participate in the “Hour of Code” for Computer Science Education Week

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I’m so excited about the “Hour of Code”.  And, after showing my students some of the promo videos today, they were excited too!  So excited that they begged me for the link so that they could start tonight.  Visit csedweek.org for all of the details!

The goal is to have 10 million students participate in coding this week.  Here is why you should do it with your students.

  1. It’s free.
  2. It’s easy (minimal teacher prep).  Code.org provides many self-guided online student tutorials for ages K-12.
  3. Kids LOVE it. I introduced it by showing my students the promo videos. My 7th grade students got so excited!  There are 1 minute5 minute, and 9 minute versions.
  4. You can use computers and other devices.  They also have suggestions for classes with only a few computers.  If you do not have computer access, they even have off-line activities.
  5. It’s great for their BRAINS.

After I gave them the link, students were already working on it today in their free time and at home tonight.  One student emailed me her certificate of participation after completing the first tutorial!

“This is so cool!  I did the angry birds/plants vs zombies and it was fun!”

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Here is an “Hour of Code” Walkthrough video for teachers.  I watched this first.  I am doing our hour tomorrow in class and will let you know if I have any tips.

Hour of Code Handout for Schools

Also, these stats will convince you!

5 thoughts on “Participate in the “Hour of Code” for Computer Science Education Week

  1. Quick question; is the code you share with your students the one that we name each section?
    Trying to assign it for tonight- so cool!

  2. Pingback: Hour of Code = Amazing Success | I Speak Math

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