Hour of Code Has Started!

Hour of Code–what is it?  Our Tynker subscriptions describes it by saying, “Hour of Code™ is a global movement to introduce people of all ages to computer programming in a fun way.”  Who can resist that?!

How can we do Hour of Code with our students?  Here are some ideas from our various subscriptions sites:

  • C{ }DE BC has coding resources that are free to us from CUEBC (Computer Using Educators of British Columbia)  Go to the site’s Advanced Search to find resources at the grade and skill level you need.  (No login is required for this site.)
  • EBSCOhost has many articles with ideas for things to use during Hour of Code and explanations.  Just type “hour of code” in the search bar.
  • Curriculum Pathways has the option to choose “Computer Science”, which opens up various coding activities using maps skills, numbers, navigating a robot through various obstacle courses, or English.  (E.g. for K-5 “Show with Code:  Finding Liquids” Show your science skills with code. Write a program to navigate a robot through a grid of liquids, solids, and gases. To solve the grid, only land on squares containing liquids.)
  • Scratch and Scratch Jr. allow students to program their own interactive stories and games, learning to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively on the computer.
  • Tynker has over 30 Hour of Code puzzles and coding projects for students.  Students who have signed up for a Tynker account with HCOS will find Hour of Code activities in their dashboard.

It’s time to try something new and see what you can do!