Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is coming - December 8-14

What is "Hour of Code"?

Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour.

Watch this video for Hour of Code 2014

Get your students excited - give them a short intro
Most kids don’t know what computer science is. Here are some ideas:
* Explain it in a simple way that includes examples of applications that both boys and girls will care about (saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
* Try: "Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”
* Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more."
Start your Hour of Code

Direct students to the activity
Write the tutorial link on a whiteboard. Find the link listed on the information for your selected tutorial under the number of participants. (Example:
* Tell students to visit the URL and start the tutorial.

When your students come across difficulties
  • Tell students, “Ask 3 then me.” Ask 3 classmates, and if they don’t have the answer, then ask the teacher.
  • Encourage students and offer positive reinforcement: “You’re doing great, so keep trying.”
  • It’s okay to respond: “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.” If you can’t figure out a problem, use it as a good learning lesson for the class: “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want. Together, we’re a community of learners.” And: “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.“

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Go to Lessons
There are 3 courses for coding.

Try’s exclusive new tutorial for the Hour of Code 2014, in beta - featuring Disney’s “Frozen” heroines Anna and Elsa! 

More on Coding:  Here are’s suggestions on teaching Hour of Code in your classroom. If you have a favorite tool, they likely will guide you in using it for this amazing week. Check out this list:

Teachers attend Hour of Code Workshop

Teachers from the Tri-Town attended the Hour of Code Workshop at Phillips Academy in Andover on October 18. 

"Loopy" Course 2 Loops Puzzle

                    Teachers attend Hour of Code Tech Talk
Paula K. and I taught a workshop in our Tri-Town Tech Talk to introduce teachers to Hour of Code.  

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