Hour of Code–Overview

Traditionally, the hugely-popular Hour of code has been celebrated one week in December, but now, you can participate any time you want. This year so far:

1,706,394,983 hours

in 180+ countries.

at 8,620 events

What is it

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify that geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.


Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready. This includes (links are live on publication day):

  1. An Overview of This Week (this post) — Dec. 5, 2023
  2. Coding activities by grade — Dec. 6, 2023
  3. 9 Unusual Projects— Dec. 7, 2023
  4. 5 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities — Dec. 8, 2023

Also: Check out these posts from previous years:

  1. Augmented Reality with Metaverse
  2. Build Your Own Apps
  3. Build Websites
  4. Hour of Code–Is it the right choice?
  5. Kid-created Games That Teach
  6. Looking for a Class Robot? Try Robo Wunderkind
  7. Minecraft Review
  8. PrimoToys–unplugged programming for youngers
  9. Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code
  10. Scratch Jr.
  11. Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code
  12. Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective
  13. Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

Hour of Code lesson plans

K-8 Lesson bundle of coding projects

@CSEdWeek #hourofcode #hoc #edtech #CSforGood 

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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