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:
- Coding Suggestions by Grade level
- 3D Tin--programming tool
- Building a Website
- Pre-programming with Primo
- Programming a Macro in five minutes
- Minecraft–kids favorite programming tool
- 20 general programming websites for K-8
- How to program shortkeys (in two minutes)
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:
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.