Computer Science Education Week is December 8-14. I have been using some Hour of Code tutorials for a couple of years now with students from years 7 to 10. This year I will be hosting an official Hour of Code event at Samaritan College during CSED Week.
- It is a global event reaching tens of millions of students
- Tutorials are fun and teach the basics of computer science
- Tutorials are self-guided
- Minimal prep-time for teachers
- Computers are optional, some paper-based activities available
- Some resources feature inspirational speakers, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh
- Students that participate will get a certificate
- It is the largest learning event in history!
- Students learn important skills such as problem-solving and logical thinking
- Inspire students to become involved in computer science
What I need to do:
- Visit the Hour of Code website to get resources (http://hourofcode.com/au/)
- Promote the event at school by putting up posters and getting other teachers involved
- Decide which tutorials to run
- Ensure computers are equipped to run the tutorials
- Find some time to do this at school – alternative program in week 9 for example
- Inspire students!
Year 7 students have already done their Hour of Code this week during their transition lessons. Now its time for years 8-10!