During the week of December 4th, our students will be participating in the global movement- Hour of Code. Hour of Code was started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities and has expanded to all sorts of community efforts. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week and is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.
Coding doesn't need to stop when the school day ends. Here are some fun resources your child can do at home:
- Code.org: One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages. This a website of activities for all grade levels.
- Kodable: A resource for young learners. Uses pictures, not words, to teach basic coding skills.
- Intro to Coding: A Brief and interactive introduction to the importance of coding, what it is, and notable people who have made their careers in coding.
- DeCoding Poetry: A Brief and interactive introduction to this lesson is also an introduction to TP-CASTT and comparing and contrasting written text with an audio-visual rendering.
- Tynker: Online games for coding
- Hopscotch: Hopscotch is the free iPad app for upper elementary and above. Wesley Fryer has created an excellent free ebook for Hopscotch in the classroom, full of challenges that you can use with students.
- Lightbot: A simple and fun game designed specifically for Hour of Code.
- CodeCombat: CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing a real game.
- Wonder: CleverBots put the power of play into students’ hands so they can dream up new adventures while learning to code at any skill level.
- Coding with Circuits: Learning how to do coding to make the circuit work - hands-on STEM activity building
- Scratch: A free programming language that allows students to create their own interactive stories, games, and animation - and then share their creations with others