Hour of Code Week: December 8-14

posted Dec 8, 2014, 12:33 PM by wallygutierrez@berkeley.net
This week, Dec. 8-14 is the Hour of Code, a worldwide event to promote computer programming to kids. It is predicted that 57,000 classrooms around the world will participate. There are fabulous activities that can be done on Chromebooks, ipads, or any desktop computers which require no background knowledge on your part. 

Go to code.org and click "Teachers Host it" to sign up your classroom. Your students go to code.org and click "Students Try It" to be taken to the various activities. You don't have to sign up in advance (or at all) in order for your students to participate.  

There is a great video on the main code.org site which is just a few minutes long that gets kids excited about computer programming and features teachers and kids who participated last year.  

Once students click "Students Try It" there are many options for coding games they can play.

For 6-8th grade students can do either of the K-5 options or try one of the "Tutorials that Teach JavaScript."  or "Tutorials in Other Languages" which are found in headings a bit farther down the student page. 

For 3rd-5th grade we recommend "Code with Anna and Elsa" or any of the options under "Tutorials for Beginners."  For K-2nd grade, "Tutorials for Beginners." Kids need to be able to read directions so pairing students or pairing younger kids with older kids (like with Reading Buddies) may work best.

If you have iPads we recommend either Lightbot or Kodables, both of which are free apps.

If you would like more specific recommendations for your students, feel free to the Instructional Technology TSA for your site.

Happy Coding!

The Instructional Technology TSAs (Wally Gutierrez, Allison Krasnow, Robin Harley, and Mary Ann Scheuer)