The Hour of Code

In a galaxy far, far away programming droids is something everyone can do.

In 2015, we have the tools to master the digital domain.

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE TEACHING RESOURCES

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code. Hour of Drawing with Code uses JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages via keyboard-based coding for ages 10+ or drag-and-drop,block-based coding for students ages 8+ with less typing experience or on iPads/tablets. Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+). Hour of Databases: Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+)

Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners. 
http://hoc.codehs.com/

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end. http://hourofcode.com/cdmy

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game! http://codecombat.com/hoc

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

 

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the Code.org tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week andCode.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

 

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