Coding and Programming Subscriptions

In September 2016 the new BC Curriculum brought in coding as a mandatory course for all students in Grades 6-9, and as an elective in Grades 10-12.  In Grades K-5 coding will be introduced as an integral part of the school curriculum.  To further learning in this area we have purchased the Tynker subscription for your students in K-12.


Tynker is described as “The Easiest Way to Learn Programming”, and “Learn to Code with Tynker”.  Tynker’s online course provides a complete learning system with interactive exercises, guided tutorials, fun creativity tools, puzzles and more to make programming fun.  Whether students have worked with coding before, or are complete beginners, there is something for each one.  With Tynker, you can begin enjoying some of the amazing adventures to come through these new educational initiatives.

Here is information about how the program works:  Guided, self-paced learning

To sign up your student, please go to this secure site:  2017-18 Tynker Registration.  There is no charge for HCOS enrolled students.

For summer of 2017, students can sign up for the free Code-a-thon.

Tynker tutorials may be found at this page here.

Tynker also has STEM lessons available – here is a correlation with the BC Curriculum Science content.

Scratch and ScratchJr.

With Scratch or ScratchJr., you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Age range: Scratch – 8 to 16, ScratchJr. – 5-7, but is used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.  Information for parents: 



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