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Hour of Code is Coming!

Posted by on November 2, 2017

December 4-10, 2017, 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. Throughout participating websites, you’ll find a variety of self-guided tutorials that say “anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone”. You’ll even find 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. Anytime 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. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted):

Here are a few of’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 coding and programming:

Hour of Code: Scratch Jr.

The Fun of IFTTT

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

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente, and her upcoming historic fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time.

7 Responses to Hour of Code is Coming!

  1. D.L Finn, Author

    Great video and post. I watched the video with grand kids while waiting for the bus. It kept their attention and we got to talk about that is what their Aunt does:)

  2. Gloria Yakes

    Is there a reason that many of these links do not work? Will they start working when Hour of Code starts?

    • Jacqui

      Hi Gloria–yes, they will work once the article is published. I have that note but I can see it’s a bit difficult to find so I’ve highlighted in red. I’m sure you aren’t the only person wondering!

  3. Wendy

    Thanks for the info. This is the best intro to Coding and tech for even the youngest students. I’ve done hour of code with my 6th graders every year since it’s inception. How far it has come since Angry Birds. All the additions of new activities each year keep it fresh. We’ve signed up, on the map,
    and my students can’t wait.

    • Jacqui

      Great to hear. There’s just nothing wrong with Hour of Code. I hope you like these activities. Making macros, Alt tags, shortkeys, pixel art–fun critical thinking activities!

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