Getting Ready for Hour of Code

Getting Ready for Hour of Code

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.05.58 AMThe annual Hour of Code celebration during Computer Science week is quickly approaching (Dec 7-13), and we’re working hard to provide you with support and resources to successfully implement coding and computer science in your schools and communities.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.06.13 AMWe started with a half day Hour of Code workshop yesterday at our Pocahontas office where nearly 30 teachers from 14 PLAEA districts had the opportunity to try “unplugged” activities like creating binary bracelets, do some coding, and plan events for their districts.

As you’re getting started you’ll want to think abScreen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.06.37 AMout a few questions;

  • Will we do Hour of Code as a classroom activity? As a whole school activity? Maybe after school?
  • How will we get students excited about the upcoming opportunity?
  • How will we share the power of coding with parents and the community? Should we
    include them in the Hour of Code activities?
  • Where will we host the kids? Can we provide snacks?
  • How will we capture and share the experience? Local paper? Social media? School website? Guest blog for Rethink Redesign?
  • How can we build off of the momentum of Hour of Code to continue including computer science in our curriculum beyond HoC?
  • What resources will you need?

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.05.38 AMHere’s how Donna MacDonald organized her school’s Hour of Code. As you begin your planning, think about working with a team! We had many districts bring teams to our workshop and the collaborative atmosphere was great! Check out this blog post from Edutopia on 15+ ways of teaching every student to code, visit our agenda from our workshop (linked above), and don’t forget to reach out for support! We’re always here to help!

Pictured on the left, two educators won bead/bracelet kits to take back to their districts to utilize the “Binary Bracelets” lesson from Code.org – a lesson that teaches about binary, but doesn’t require any devices! Unplugged activities are a great, non-threatening way to introduce computer science concepts.