Computer Science Education Week is coming and once again the Hour of Code is upon us. The purpose of the Hour of Code is to get every child and every teacher to experience coding for just one hour during the week of Dec. 8-14.
Several articles have been written about why it’s important for coding to be a part of modern day curriculum and resources are flooding personal learning networks. With so much information out there, sometimes it is difficult to find your “just right” entry point. If you haven’t been involved in coding yourself OR if you have never involved your students in coding, then read on…
Your ultimate goal should be to provide the gift on one hour…. that’s it… just one hour for students to experience coding. An excellent first place to stare is the Computer Science Education Week Site. Try coding from a student’s perspective by writing first computer programs a la Angry Birds or customize a game with Flappy Bird.
A next great place to start is by playing with apps yourself on the iPad. Several teachers from our school just came back from the iPad Summit in Delhi and saw applications such as Hopscotch in action. With the long holiday right before the Hour of Code week, why not learn something new? Jump into Hopscotch and use some of the resources listed below…
Apple just released a series of guides that give teachers ideas on how to integrate various content-
creation apps in the classroom, including Hopscotch. Each of the guides is an iBook so you’ll need to open them on your iPad. Each guide has video demonstrations, age appropriate lesson plans by subject and scoring guides to support each lesson. All of the guides can be found here.
The Hopscotch Lesson Ideas will draw you in to not only Hopscotch, but also into iBooks… think of the possibilities!
Go Learn Something New!
Go Share it with Your Students!
Related Blog Posts:
“Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE ’14,” by Ashley Cronin (2014)
“Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids to Code,” by Amy Erin Borovoy (2014)
“15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer),” by Vicki Davis (2013)
“7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills,” by Anna Adam (2013)
“Should Coding be the “New Foreign Language” Requirement?” by Helen Mowers (2013)
“Coding Across the Curriculum,” by Matthew Farber (2013)