Friday, November 22, 2019

Hour of Code - December 9-15

Hour of Code

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” During the week of December 9-15, schools all over the world will be devoting at least 1 hour for students to problem solve, critically think and use their creative skills...building 21st Century foundational skills. 

Here is a great graphic telling WHY coding is important for every student, Kindergarten through 12th grade.
10 reasons to teach coding

We recently worked with elementary level principals introducing them to Scratch -  and Ozobots. We chose the activity "Code with Anna and Elsa" to explore the concept of angles in math. We designed a storytelling literacy activity with the Ozobots. Debriefing after the activity, Principals' conversations revolved around almost every single one of these reasons coding is critical for our students that are listed in the graphic. We encouraged our Principals to go back to their school, plan a great week with their Technology and Learning Coach for their school to promote computer science and coding. 

If you are reading this and do not have a Technology and Learning Coach at your school, here is a list of resources matched with grade-level appropriateness that could help you start your journey. If you do not have experience with coding, there are coding programs/websites that teach the students through video and application during the hour of code. I think it would be great if you sat with your students trying the coding activity with them. Anyone can learn to code, at any age. 


Website
Ages
Type of coding
Cost
4-14
Block coding
Free
4-14
Block coding
Free
5-17
Python/Java Script
Core levels are free
8-16,
Block Coding
Free
13+
Java Script
Free
12+,
Python/Java/HTML coding
Free trial
13+
Block coding
Free
13+
HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Free
13+
HTML, CSS, Python, JavaSCript
Free courses
14+
JavaScript, Python,
Free
13+
JavaScript, HTML, CSS
Free

If you have a great, "free" resource that you use with your students and is not listed on this chart, please leave a comment below. We want to add it to our list to be sure it is up to date. 

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