The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. It is also an excellent opportunity for Student Tech Squads to take leadership, plan an event, and mentor other students about the world of Code.
What is Code?
Code is a set of instructions written for computers in order to perform a set of tasks. Code makes it possible for us to create things like computer programs, websites and apps.
Learn more about Code by watching the following video.
Code.org - The organization behind Hour of Code has an extensive website with courses for students and teachers to learn computer science.
Made with Code - A website created by Google that inspires Girls to Code through various projects and resources.
Tynker - An online platform that teaches students through various courses how to code, and enables them to create project including games, stories, music and apps.
Scratch - An online community that provides a programming platform for free. Students can program interactive stories, games and animations.
Codeacademy - One of Time's top 50 websites of 2013, this website is more suitable for older students, and teaches students to code in various languages including Java, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby, and API.
A Symbaloo Webmix - this collection includes 90 resources including rationale, promotional material, and activities.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a campaign that encourages everyone to engage in coding. The program is particularly aimed at students, to introduce them to coding and help them learn the basics of computer science through a one-hour introductory lesson. The campaign has become a global movement involving over 120 million users across 180+ countries. Learn more about Hour of Code here and by watching the video below.
Organizing an Hour of Code Event
The Hour of Code website provides great resources to help your team organize an hour of code event including posters, handouts and how-to guides for teachers.
Our Student Tech Squad planned and prepared an assembly to kick off the event. The following is the slideshow they used.
Instructions were also given to teachers to help them organize their Hour of Code with their class, and each class was assigned several Student Tech Squad helpers to help mentor the students and ensure that the event ran smoothly. The following documents were used to help facilitate the events.
Hour of Code Teacher Instructions
Hour of Code Schedule