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Hour of Code–the Series

Posted by on November 17, 2014

December 8-14, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. They provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that say “anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone”. They even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.

Here’s a video to kick things off–you can’t watch this and not get motivated:

Coding is a great tie-in to Common Core math Standards. Any time I can show students how to complete math skills without doing math, it’s a plus (because it surprises them. They don’t expect a discussion on problem solving or modeling to help them with math).

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for your Hour of Code. They will include:

Here are Code.org’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:

More on education reform that includes programming:

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29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer

How do I teach a program I don’t know how to use?


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and dozens of books on how to integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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4 Responses to Hour of Code–the Series

  1. Debra Dennis, New Jersey

    You are the best! Almost every time I put a topic on “my to research” list, I open my mail and you are blogging about it! You make my life as K-5 much easier!

    • Debra Dennis, New Jersey

      K-5 Computer Teacher!

    • Jacqui

      I love Hour of Code. It embodies so many of the innate characteristics we want to encourage students to adopt–problem solving, critical thinking. That sort. I have a few ideas that are really quick and my students find highly transferable to other classes.

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