Hour of Code Ideas

What is “Hour of Code”?

At https://hourofcode.com/ we read, “The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.”  Hour of Code happens during the week of December 4-10th this year.

Avid Larizadeh, head of the Hour of Code UK campaign explains it this way, “The Hour of Code is an attempt to teach people the basics of computer programming in 60 minutes in a fun, simple way. It is part of a campaign that Code.org, a non-profit organisation, launched in the US with the goal of introducing coding into the US curriculum and raising awareness around what coding is.  The idea was to show that it’s not just about the geek in the basement or the super-tech-savvy person but that it actually plays a role in everything we do and everybody should have access to it. And 20 million kids signed up to it.”

 

Ideas for a Successful “Hour of Code”

  1. Make it student-directed
  2. Create opportunities for differentiation
  3. Allow them to “fail forward”
  4. Encourage them to MAKE with code!
  5. Try a one hour tutorial with hour of Code ideas here.

If you want to set up an “Hour of Code” using Tynker, here is a quick video with ideas:

Are there webinars that we can attend that will help us with this?

Register for a Tynker “Hour of Code” webinar  (Nov 29 or 30, Dec 6 or 7–various times)  20 minutes long

Register for a BrainPOP “Hour of Code” webinar  Nov 29 at 12:30 p.m.  45 minutes long

Follow up with lots of great coding books on Overdrive here under the Creative Thinking core competency!

To discover more about some amazing ADST materials check out our Making Sense of ADST article.

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