What is the Hour of Coding?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding. During the week of December 5th- 11th, 2016 at Greenfield Community School we observed the Hour of Code throughout the school.

It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. At GCS we celebrated the hour of code with students getting a chance to try the different coding tutorials.

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All Hour of Code tutorials are self-guided – allowing your child to work at their own pace and skill level. Visit https://hourofcode.com/us/learn and try out the fun, hour-long tutorials for students of all ages, created by a variety of partners. Try them out!

Of course, the best Hour of Code experience will be with Internet-connected computers. But for many of the exercises, you don’t even need a computer. There are many activities that are “unplugged” and can be done without any technology at all.

Test tutorials on your computer or device. Make sure they work properly on browsers with sound and video. Want to learn alongside your child? Try pair programming. Computer science is social and collaborative.

Kick off your Hour of Code by inspiring your child and discussing how computer science impacts every part of our lives. Watch this video for inspiration:

 

 

President Obama calling on all students to learn computer science

What can you do to help encourage your child to explore computer science?

It’s okay if both you and your child are brand new to computer science. That is what the Hour of Code is all about! Here are some ideas to introduce your Hour of Code activity to your child:

  •  Explain ways technology impacts our lives, with examples both boys and girls will care about (Talk about saving lives, helping people, connecting people, etc.).
  •  List things that use code in everyday life.
  •  See tips for getting girls interested in computer science here.

Contributed by: Shahid Hussain

Head of Technology Integration

Greenfield Community School

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