Monday, December 8, 2014

Calling All Teachers - The Hour of Code Movement Dec. 8 - 14, 2014

December 8-14 is the Hour of Code learning week. Last year hundreds of organizations joined together to create fun introductions to programming for all to learn. In one week alone more girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years and 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code. This year the goal is to get 100 million participants from all across the globe.

The Hour of Code website provides a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. “The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.”

This promotional video about the Hour of Code about coding is a great place to start. Featured stars work with students and discuss the merits and opportunities in learning how to code. wants to add our enthusiastic support for the Hour of Code movement.  Here are some videos and tutorials to help get you and your students excited about coding.

The movie “ Frozen” is the basis for this Hour of Code instructional video on how to code a pattern for Elsa to skate.  

Want to try it with your students? Use code on the site to "join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice."
As well, there are some very engaging tutorials for students on the site in the Learn section to get you started.

Heard of Scratch, Kodu, Hopscotch or Light-Bot? Links to these great coding sites and more can be found in Create to help you and your students get coding!

If you are looking for some extra guidance, be sure to check out the Teacher Resources on coding, also available right from the Teacher Resource button on the page with the coding links.

If you are an Alberta school with students involved with the Hour of Code, we would love to hear your story!