How can you promote Computer Science during CS Ed week?
The Hour of Code is a global movement that happens each year as part of Computer Science Education Week. Students, Educators and Parents engage in one hour coding activities to explore computer science. Participate this year between December 4th to 10th, 2017 using the ideas below and share your learning using #SCDSBcodes.
How-To Guides and resources to plan your classroom or school event:
Hour of Code Activities
Go Beyond One Hour of Code
Archive - 2015/2016 Events:
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