What is hour of code?
The week of December 4th-10th is the “Hour of Code” (also Computer Science Education Week) sponsored by Code.org. During this time students around the world will get an introduction to computer programming. Students (or teachers) will choose how to spend their Hour of Code through game-based activities on a computer or “unplugged” activity.
The goal of the event is to promote computer science skills now and as an option for future careers. The Dept. of Labor states that computer science is one of the highest-paying industries and fastest growing industries (more than twice the rate of other industries). Currently there are almost ½ million open computer jobs nationwide (and the Dept. of Labor expects that number to double in the next few years).
Watch an introduction to the Hour of Code here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo&feature=youtu.be
How it Will Work?
Scroll down the document to find links to TONS of online activities and 22 offline activities.
During the week of December 4th-10th or ANYTIME in December, teachers choose ONE HOUR to dedicate to the Hour of Code (it’s optional).
● There isn’t a specific hour for the Hour of Code- it can take place anytime in December (ideally during the official week of 12/4-12/10) and you can break the lessons up into smaller increments–as long as the total number of hours adds up to at least one hour).
● You can choose any activity for your classroom to complete.
● It can be done with or without technology; individually, small group or whole class; with buddy classes or outside; it’s completely up to you!
● All online Hour of Code activities are self-guided and do not require accounts/signing in/signing up for activities. They also do not require any prior knowledge of or experience with coding. It’s fun!
Participating in the 2017 Hour of Code? Please let us know (all OUESD staff participants will receive a coding button): https://goo.gl/oxYuRH
Last year, 100+ OUESD teachers and thousands of OUESD students participated in the Hour of Code. Let’s see if we can beat that number this year and spread the Hour of Code even farther!
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