Organize an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week December 7-13, 2015
Step 1: Learn about the Hour of Code
- Review the two page Hour of Code Participation Guide
- If you have questions check out the frequently asked questions document.
Step 2: Share your participation in the Hour of Code
- Sign up and share your learning with SCDSB: SCDSB Hour of Code Participation
- Share globally by taking the diveristy pledge: https://code.org/
Step 3: Determine your technology needs - Computers are Optional
- Will you have access to computers? Chromebooks? iPads? BYOD? The activities below are sorted by device to help determine what will work in your classroom.
- Do you have enough for 1:1? If not, use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and see that computer science is social and collaborative.
- If you don’t have access to devices, try the offline unplugged activities.
Step 4: Select your Activity to try one hour of coding
- Try the activity before the Hour of Code. This will give you an idea of what students will experience and help you to answer questions during the activity.
Step 5: Do an Hour of Code
Inspire students and explain what “coding” is with a video:
Direct Students to the chosen activity.
- If your students run into difficulties try these strategies from Code.org:
- Tell students, “Ask 3 then me.” Ask 3 classmates, and if they don’t have the answer, then ask the teacher.
- Encourage students and offer positive reinforcement: “You’re doing great, so keep trying.”
- It’s okay to respond: “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.” If you can’t figure out a problem, use it as a good learning lesson for the class: “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want. Together, we’re a community of learners.” And: “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.“
If students finish early challenge them to:
- try another activity from the Hour of Code 2015 Resource Summary
- have students write a tweet (#SCDSB and @SCDSBcodes) or a blog post about their Hour of Code
Step 6: Celebrate and Share your Learning
- Share your learning with #SCDSB and @SCDSBcodes on Twitter