Nov 16, 2017
Bring Computer Science to Your School. Start with an Hour of Code December 4-11, 2017!
With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skillset. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Learn more at http://HourofCode.com, try an hour yourself, or host an Hour of Code event to introduce others to the world of computing!
Suggested resources from GWAEA Media Center to support work with Hour of Code:
- No Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum by Heidi Williams - This book shows K-5 educators how to bring coding into their curriculum by embedding computational thinking skills into activities for every content area.
- How to Code, Book 1: A Step By Step Guide to Computer Coding by Max Wainewright - A beginner’s guide to computer coding that covers basic coding concepts and provides step-by-step instructions for using Scratch and Logo.
- What is Computer Coding by Mary K. Pratt - Discusses what computer coding is and how it works.
Other Online Resources:
- Coding for Kids by Tynker.com
- Code.org - Where anybody can learn!
- Codeemoji.com - Provides basics of coding for 1st - 8th grade students.
- Made with Code - Created by Google and houses different coding projects for students to code and create with - designed for girls.
- CodeAcademy: Learn to Code - This interactive site teaches children basic coding skills through simple and fun exercises that feel like puzzle games.
- Scratch - Helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
- Kodable - Gives K-5 schools tools to teach computer science.
Visit this link for access to more resources on coding.
If you have questions about how to get started contact a member of the GWAEA Digital Learning team.