The simplest way to get started and do your own Hour of Code is to show this video below, invite students to click on this link, and then to encourage their participation by printing certificates for your students. The platform/website of choice for this easy method is hourofcode.com and they are tied to Code.org so don’t worry if you get taken to their site too.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
The Hour of Code event is meant to demystify coding and prove it is an accessible tool that all can begin using.
This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any modern career.
Computer Science Edu. Week is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906).
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
RECOMMENDED APPS/SITES, GAMES & ACTIVITIES
Good For All
These sites let you pre-select your grade level and they offer a great variety of coding games and apps that can be suited for grades as low as Kindergarten and beyond into secondary levels. There are sure to be some enjoyable apps on these sites:
https://www.madewithcode.com/projects/ – An especially great app for girls!
Some of these sites and apps may need a little more explaining for the little ones, so Teachers- please check these our before giving the link to your students. Hourofcode.com remains the easiest and best option when it comes to easy setup and easy for younger students to grasp.
Daisy the Dinosaur – iPad app
If you teach middle school or high school, and want to get your students involved beyond just one hour of code, I encourage you to read Code Wizards HQ’s article titled “19 Coding Websites for Kids: Elementary, Middle, and High School Students” for some more amazing resources better suited for older grades.
IF YOU TEACH IN ANNA ISD...
On behalf of the AnnaISD iTeam, we want to thank you for launching the movement to give every student the chance to explore foundational computer science skills. We also want to do what we can to support you as you explore these topics on this special week, and beyond into other units throughout the school year.
If you need any help at all, please let one of us know. I can be reached here.
We are striving for all students to participate in the Hour of Code and to begin their journey into understanding how computer programming helps our world to function.
Show us you participated by filling out this form: goo.gl/CJBk5z
Share your pictures on social media using the hashtags: #HourofCode #proudtobeAnnaISD
WE ARE MISSION FOCUSED
Invest in academic excellence
Computer science is everywhere in our lives and the problem solving skills it requires is a great help to other academic areas too.
Just one hour of code can be enough to spark creativity and imagination in students all around to pursue this as a passion.
Promoting computer science is yet another way we level the playing field and maintain growth mindset as we add value to our community.
Who We Are
That is the mission of Anna ISD, and as part of our mission we will continue to seek next level ideas to change the way education is done in powerful positive ways. #ProudToBeAnnaISD
PLAN YOUR HOUR OF CODE SOON
Computer Science Week is going on Dec. 4th – 10th
What impact will you decide to make?
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Please consider sharing this web page with other educators you know. Let’s all work together to inspire our kiddos this week, and for the rest of the school year. Woo hoo!