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Start with an Hour of Code!

November 17, 2016 | 3 comments

Start with an Hour of Code!

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Bring computer science to any classroom or school. Start with an Hour of Code!

The Hour of Code is a movement reaching more than 100 million students in over 180 countries. Anyone, anywhere, can organize an Hour of Code event.

Millions of educators around the world will conduct an Hour of Code in their classrooms for Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11. Are you in? Register your class at http://hourofcode.com/#join.

Why computer science? Computing is the No.1 source of new wages in the U.S., and more than 500,000 computing jobs are open nationwide. Graduates in computer science enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76 percent) within six months of graduation. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. But most schools don’t teach computer science.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Students and teachers can choose from a variety of activities for kindergarten and up. We have activities that work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone or even with no computer at all.

 No experience is needed by students or teachers to do an Hour of Code. And activities are available in more than 45 languages!

Steps to getting the most out of your Hour of Code:

1. Choose an Hour of Code activity that fits your classroom needs and experience.

Teachers can now integrate a little bit of computer science in every classroom, thanks to new activities and lesson plans that connect computer science to other subjects. Want to plan an Hour of Code for your English or history class? Or for students who have done some coding before? Use the activity filters to find advanced and subject-specific classroom materials!

2. Plan your technology needs—computers are optional.

The Hour of Code is best experienced with internet-connected computers that can access web-based activities. No downloads or sign-ins are required. And you don’t need a computer for every student!

In the computer lab: Take your students to the lab for one period so they can do the Hour of Code together.

In your classroom: If your classroom already has internet-connected computers, tablets or laptop carts, your students can take turns doing the Hour of Code throughout the week.

Work in pairs: This requires fewer computers, and students collaborate to learn more.

Use mobile devices: If your school doesn’t have enough computers or internet access, many of the one-hour activities also work on smartphones and tablets.

Go unplugged or offline: We also offer “unplugged” activities that teach basic principles of computer science—and no electronic devices are required. Find them at https://hourofcode.com/learn.

You also can download our offline Minecraft and Star Wars tutorials for computers with no internet or poor internet.

Use robots: Does your classroom have robots? We have a new robotics page that highlights tutorials you can use with your favorite tangible learning tool!

3. Spread the word.

Share promotional materials: Inspire your students with videos and posters. Find everything you need at hourofcode.com/promote.

Host a schoolwide assembly: Show a Code.org video, or invite a speaker to do an “unplugged” activity with students in front of the entire school.

Host an Hour of Code parents’ night: To fully engage parents, consider inviting them to an open house where they can do an Hour of Code with their kids and teachers from your school.

Reward participants: Go big and create prizes and awards for teachers and students.

Invite the community: Parents, grandparents, volunteers and business leaders all can learn to code, too. In high schools, the Hour of Code can be used to recruit students for spring computer science courses.

Celebrate! Share your experience and photos on social media with #HourOfCode.

4. Use the Hour of Code to spread computer science throughout your school.

Does your school district have a robust computer science program? If not, use the Hour of Code as a rallying cry to motivate administrators to expand computer science offerings at every grade level. Here’s a PowerPoint template , a template letter to the administration and more stats you can use.

We hope you can motivate your school district to announce a plan to expand opportunities in computer science education. (If you’re not sure how to do this, see the Code.org program or the many third parties we recommend.) At a minimum, we hope your district can host an Hour of Code in every classroom.

Thank you again for your tireless work on behalf of all children. And have fun planning your Hour of Code this CSEdWeek!

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lguzman_1845213
lguzman_1845213 January 11, 2017, 8:10 am

I am a the 6 grade Language Arts teacher and i would like to implement the Hour code to my class. Thanks for activities; they will be helpful for my students and myself.

lguzman_1845213
lguzman_1845213 January 11, 2017, 8:10 am

I am a the 6 grade Language Arts teacher and i would like to implement the Hour code to my class. Thanks for activities; they will be helpful for my students and myself.