The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer coding and a great way to participate in Computer Science Education Week coming December 8-14, 2014.
Coding is how we communicate with a computer and give it instructions but it is about much more than that. It is about learning. Through learning the basics of coding students develop their problem solving, logic and computational thinking skills. A curious mindset and asking questions leads down paths of inquiry towards new ideas. When the code doesn’t work we have instant feedback and an opportunity to discuss growth mindset, resilience and grit. Debugging their code encourages students work collaboratively and think creatively. Coding is an authentic way to explore learning skills and the 6Cs in the classroom (and beyond!).
Anybody can learn how to code or host an Hour of Code event in their classroom or school. No previous knowledge is required and we can learn together! Code.org offers a variety of online and unplugged activities designed to introduce students to coding. This how-to guide provides a variety of helpful tips and strategies for getting started in the classroom.
Join the global movement and try the Hour of Code with your students!