Friday, December 4, 2015

Hour of Code 2015: Bigger and Better Than Ever!

The Hour of Code returns to Searsport Elementary School, starting next week!

The Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week, which runs from December 7 to December 11. Participating classrooms commit to taking at least an hour of time to engaging in activities that introduce computer science and programming concepts like sequences, events, if/then statements, loops, and more. Students can try activities that use visual, block-based programming, like Lightbot for younger students or Scratch for older students, or write actual text-based code in Code Combat or Khan Academy as they solve puzzles, make games for their friends, and try their hand at one of the fastest-growing career fields in the world.

In my experience facilitating Hour of Code activities over the last couple of years, I've noticed very high levels of student engagement that extend beyond the classroom. I've also observed that Hour of Code activities have often become "Weeks" or even "Months" of Code, as students and teachers continue to work on these activities long after CS Ed Week has ended.

I have created a page on the Searsport Elementary School website for the Hour of Code.  On it, you will find various activities for students at all grade and difficulty levels.  You'll also find information on the types of devices these activities will run on (with the exception of Android devices, since we do not have any of those at our school).  These are all activities that can be done at home as well as at school, so parents can take part in the Hour of Code too!

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