Hour of Code
|Student using Ozobots to|
to learn coding.
international movement to promote computer science education to students. One hour coding tutorials allow students to create apps or games and code using fun and interactive activities. These free tutorials are found at Code.org, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities” (https://code.org/about). Some schools even asked area professionals to come assist the students with coding activities.
Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are in favor of and help fund Code.org. This global phenomenon has really taken off in recent years and has been in the news, gaining the attention of celebrities and politicians.
Celebrities, tech visionaries and even President Obama support Hour of Code
- Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code.
- Hour of Code has been featured on Apple, Amazon, Google, YouTube, Yahoo!, Bing, and Disney homepages.
- Celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba and tech leaders Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, and Jack Dorsey have talked with classrooms in live video chats.
- President Obama write his first line of code to kick off the Hour of Code in 2014, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the Hour of Code 2016.
- Hour of Code students opened the NASDAQ at a special even in 2015.
- Over 300 partners have come together to support this grassroots campaign, including The College Board, Microsoft, Infosys Foundation USA, Google, Salesforce, BlackRock, Verizon, Disney, Teach for American, Khan Academy, DonorsChoose.org, and more.
Code in the Classroom
|Student coding using Code.org lessons.|
Library Media Specialists and classroom teachers can introduce and use computer science and coding to enrich curriculum and engage students. Introducing coding strategies at a young age can lead to greater problem solving skills and in-depth learning opportunities in higher grades.
Edutopia, a nonprofit organization started by George Lucas that promotes a transformation of education, lists the following learning advantages of coding in the classroom:
- Logical thinking
- Problem solving
This year, a 1st grade teacher was kind enough to let me help teach a lesson using coding. Her students were using number lines in math, so I asked if I could help the students visualize number lines using Bluebots. "But you said minus zero... how do I code the robot to move zero?" The lesson was a huge success, and the teacher can't wait to use coding again in future lessons! I have also used Ozobots to help with a social studies lesson and aided a teacher in using Lego Wedo 2.0 kits for a science lesson. All students K-5 have coded this week using Code.org or robots.
Code.org lessons, Ozobots, Bluebots, Dot and Dash robots, Robotic Lego kits, and many other tools are currently available and are being used by LMS’s and classroom teachers at BPS to enrich lessons and provide unique and authentic learning experiences for students as well as co-teaching opportunities. Computer science education is a reality at BPS!
Happy Computer Science Education Week!
Twitter Tuesday Questions
Q1: What do your buildings do to celebrate Computer Science Education Week?
Q2: What are some ways coding can be used to enhance classroom instruction?
Q3: Who in the community could be asked to help facilitate an "Hour of Code" event at your school?
Q4: What are some coding activities that can be done "unplugged" or without a computer or robot?