With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! 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. 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Discover how to run an Hour of Code below.
To make implementation easy for you and fun for your students, I've curated resources for art, music, PE, and Young5s - 12th grade! Learn more by reading the short description of the activity that corresponds to your grade or subject area below and clicking the image to the right to access the resource.
Run an Hour of Code with your students from December 9th - 13th! Want an extra hand? I would love to come in and support you and your students. If that would be helpful, book time with me at your school. Please check your email for more information.
Print participation certificates for your students and share about Hour of Code in your class newsletters:
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is an initiative that is encouraging and empowering students to create an oral history of the United States by recording interviews with their elders using the free Story Corps app. And while the program requires students be over 13 to publish their work using this specific app, the curricular ideas (check out the toolkit at the bottom of this page) can be modified and used by students of all ages. Discover more in this quick 1 minute video.
The best way to learn more about this movement is to listen to some the heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories. Below is a video of one animated story, as well as a link to many of the stories Story Corps has captured over the years. You can sort the stories by collection (i.e. justice, military, parenthood, etc.), date, and more.
Check out the toolkit and podcast below. There are many great resources that you can put to use right away.