I cannot say enough good things about the “Hour of Code” that my students participated in today. When I showed them the intro film yesterday they were so excited about coding they begged for the website link. I gave them code.org/learn. Another teacher told me that they started working on it immediately in work time yesterday. Multiple students told me they went home and worked on it last night, some for a couple of hours.
I signed up on the code.org website but did not receive an email with instructions or a teacher code. I later saw that I could have the students enter my email address on their code.org page, but by that time they were very involved and I didn’t want to interrupt them to have them put my email in. Even though I would love to get a summary of what they accomplished it was not worth stopping them. The whole point of the day was to get all of my students coding. The mission was accomplished, as I’ve had several students email me the progress they have made tonight with the projects they are still working on!
I’m not sure how long these tutorials will be available, but I do intend to find a way to give students class time to learn coding in the future. We have been inspired and I want to give them the opportunity to develop this skill and keep this excitement alive!