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Prep for the Hour of Code, December 4-10

November 27, 2017 | 1 comment

Prep for the Hour of Code, December 4-10

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Pop quiz!

I want you to take a moment and think about the courses that are required for students in K-12, and then why they're required.

OK. Quiz over. Have your list? Good.

Now, I think if we all compared our lists, they’d probably be pretty similar—algebra, chemistry, art, civics. But one course continually gets left off of this list: computer science. It’s probably on your list if you’re reading this blog, but odds are it isn’t taught at your school. Less than half of schools teach computer science today.

At Code.org, we think computer science is a foundational science for the digital age.

All our students deserve to understand how the internet works, what the cloud is, and how the websites they use every day work. This is true in whatever field they go into: design, teaching, sales, medicine or anything else. Today, 90 percent of parents want their children to learn computer science in schools. But, most schools don’t teach it.

And, if your students love making apps, starting in K-12 is the best way to become a software engineer. With over 500,000 open computing positions across the country, the outlook for computer science jobs is bright.

And that’s where the Hour of Code comes in.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science. People all over the world have completed tens of millions of hours!

If you want to join in, all you need is a class period and a group of students—you don’t even need computers!

  1. Sign up to host an Hour of Code at hourofcode.com.
  2. Pick an activity to do with your class (if you don’t have computers, try one of these lesson plans).
  3. Print out certificates for your students to take home.

If you need more ideas, check out the how-to guide.

We don’t expect anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour, and that’s not our goal. We want to break the stereotypes around coding and help students understand that computer science is fun, creative and collaborative.

And, we want to expand the diversity in computer science classes. Today, high school and university computer science courses are over 75 percent male, and there are very few black or Hispanic students. The Hour of Code is a great way to introduce the girls and diverse students in your school to a new subject. More than 80 percent of teachers tell us that once they start, their students go beyond an hour!

And, you don’t need to stop with just an hour. If you enjoy it, consider teaching computer science in your school year round. We have hands-on professional learning workshops available across the United States. More than 60,000 teachers have already gone through our professional learning programs. These teachers are not computer scientists. They’re math teachers. They’re science teachers. They teach history, English and music. They’re librarians. They’re excited about computer science. All students deserve the opportunity to learn computer science — and you can give them that chance.

This year is the fifth Hour of Code. Now is the time to go beyond an hour. Join us and make lasting change by bringing computer science to every school district. You can learn more at code.org/yourschool.


Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is coming: The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials, and look out for new ones... See More
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