It’s that time of year again folks. December 7-13 is Computer Science Education Week!
As our lives become more and more dependent on technology, the need for students to learn how this technology works increases. Countries around the world are beginning to implement computer programming in all grades. The Hour of Code is a global initiative that hopes to expose tens of millions of kids in over 180 countries to one hour of coding (computer programming) over the course of this week.
My students participated in the Hour of Code last year, and they really enjoyed it. Code.org has a list of tutorials you can choose from for students to experience for one hour. This year, they have new tutorials focusing on Star Wars and Minecraft. There are options for both iPads and laptops.
Click here to read my science class blog post from last year to explore all of the Hour of Code options I made available to them. You may want to give your students options like I did, or you may want to have them all do the same activity. Either way, I think this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to something new. (You will notice we held our event a little late. I opted to do it for the two days before Christmas Vacation.)
If this isn’t all cool enough, every event organizer will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon, iTunes, or Windows Store as a thank you!!