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December 2014

Computer Science Education Week

December 8th - 14th

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. Organized each year by the Computing in the Core coalition and, CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Computer science is needed for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology.

Computer science is also where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

  • Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degrees for new graduates.
  • Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average -- but there aren't enough graduates to fill these jobs.
  • Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.
  • In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not count toward high school graduation.

The 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.

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after).

The Hour of Code activities are self-guided. All you have to do is try our current tutorials, pick the tutorial you want, and pick an hour. There are also options for every age and experience-level, from pre-kindergarten and up.

There are Hour of Code tutorials that work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.

Here are a few options:

  • Work in pairs. Research shows students learn best with pair programming, sharing a computer and working together. Encourage your students to double up.
  • Use a projected screen. If you have a projector and screen for a Web-connected computer, your entire group can do an Hour of Code together. Watch video portions together and take turns solving puzzles or answering questions.
  • Go unplugged. We offer tutorials that require no computer at all.

Check the Coding in the Classroom Resources Document for age appropriate coding tutorials, coding apps, unplugged activities, and videos you can share with your class!

Did You Know?

Did you know

  • I can come into your classroom and assist you with an Hour of Code activity?
  • I have 20 iPods I can bring into your classroom for students to participate in the Hour of Code?
  • I can work with you to create an Hour of Code activity for your students?
  • I can come to parent events to promote technology integration in the classroom, promote technology resources available to them through RCSD1, and teach/show parents how to use technology to support their children?

If you are interested in any of these things, or more, please email me! I look forward to collaborating with you!

Upcoming Events!

VLF Editorial Cartoon Awards!

Monday, Dec. 8th, 4pm

1310 Lyon St

Columbia, SC

The Visual Literacy Festival Editorial Cartoon Awards will be held at the Teleconference Center in the Student Services Center on Lyon St.

Computer Science Education Week Hour of Code!

Monday, Dec. 8th, 12am to Sunday, Dec. 14th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Every student in every school should have the chance to learn computer science!

The hour of code is a 1 hour introduction to computer science that shows anyone can learn to code!


Check the links below for more Technology Resources.