The Hour of Code 2014 @ SamCol

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.

Here’s why:

  1. It is a global event reaching tens of millions of students
  2. Tutorials are fun and teach the basics of computer science
  3. Tutorials are self-guided
  4. Minimal prep-time for teachers
  5. Computers are optional, some paper-based activities available
  6. Some resources feature inspirational speakers, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh
  7. Students that participate will get a certificate
  8. It is the largest learning event in history!
  9. Students learn important skills such as problem-solving and logical thinking
  10. 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!

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