The week of December 7th - 13th is the "Hour of Code" Week sponsored by Code.org. During this week, students around the world will be introduced to computer programming or coding. There is no prior experience necessary on the part of the student or the teacher! Students (or teachers) will choose how to spend their hour of code by completing game-based activities online or on an iPad and will receive a certificate upon completion.
If you would like your students to participate in an Hour of Code, you can dedicate a full hour during the week of December 7th or you can break it up into mini sessions as long as the total time is one hour. You can use computers, Chromebooks or iPads. If you do not like the activities provided on Code.org, you can try apps like Hopscotch, Kodable or Scratch (especially appropriate for the younger grades). Code.org has some wonderful, engaging activities including Frozen, Minecraft, Angry Birds and Star Wars themed activities.
The goal of this week is to promote interest in computer science. Over 100 Million students have tried an Hour of Code. It is available in 40 languages! We hope to peak the interest of both boys and girls to explore coding in the future.
If you are interested in exploring coding options or activities, I would be happy help you plan or teach these lessons.