The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Since last week Mrs. D has been introducing the “Hour of Code” to all of her one hour computer lab classes and so far it has been a big hit with students of all ages.
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science!
This year all of the elementary schools in our district are participating. The goal for 2014 is to have over 100 million participants world-wide during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014.
At Riverside, primary students are learning the concept of coding through practicing jigsaw puzzles that involve clicking and dragging skills. The concepts of computer coding are made easy and fun for students to learn at all ages. Intermediate grades start out using the Angry Bird tutorial and work their way into more difficult coding activities using Tynker and Hopscotch among others. Many students have also told Mrs. D they are going home and showing their parents what they are learned too.
Students are also receiving a personalized certificate upon completion of their Hour of Code experience. Mrs. D has given those certificates to homeroom teachers to pass out after their students’ computer class.
Check out the Hour of Code promotional video to see what is behind this exciting movement!