Friday, 21 November 2014

The Hour of Code

I am committing to have my students participate in the Hour of Code -- would you like to join me? Here's more info about the Hour of Code:
Computer science is foundational for all students today, yet 90% of students haven’t been exposed to this subject at school. Last December, Code.org launched the Hour of Code, a challenge for students to spend one hour trying out computer programming. This year, Khan Academy, Code.org, and many other organizations are offering a bunch of new ways for students to participate in the Hour of Code!
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify code and show students that everyone can learn the basics. For example, Khan Academy has crafted several custom-made tutorials for your students that require no prior experience:
Try Hour of Code on Khan Academy!
Hour of Drawing with Code: Students will learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world's most popular programming languages via two great options:
  • Drag-and-drop: block-based coding for younger students with less typing skills and students on tablet devices (ages 8+).
  • Typing: keyboard-based coding for older students (ages 10+).
Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
Hour of Databases: Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).
Last year, 15 million students tried computer programming for at least one hour during Computer Science Education Week on Khan Academy and other platforms.
This year, our goal is to reach 100 million students.
Let’s join Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Malala, and millions of others around the world to make history. Start planning your Hour of Code today!