Socially Distanced Classrooms

Celebrate Computer Science Ed Week with an Hour of Code!

What is Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries during Computer Science Education Week December 7-13, 2020.

Register and learn more about DLGWAEA's Hour of Code program by clicking here.

Supports for Socially Distanced Teaching & Learning has created a document with Modifications for Common Teaching Practices that is full of great ideas to adapt your favorite teaching strategies for socially distanced, virtual synchronous, and virtual asynchronous environments.

Try it! Pair Programming

Big Picture: Pair programming is a technique in which two programmers work together on the same computer. Students take on the role of driver and navigator and switch frequently. This practice provides many benefits around communication, collaboration, and equity. However, it may not be possible in current school environments.

Modified for a Socially-Distanced Classroom: Have students bring headphones and join a virtual call with their partner. Instruct one student to share their screen and have students alternate describing the code out loud. The student who has shared the screen then types in the code.

This is not true pair programming, as students are not fully trading off on the roles of driver and navigator, but will allow for some collaborative coding.

Choose an Hour of Code Activity

We picked out a few unplugged (or offline) and online activities we think fit nicely in socially distanced classroom and shared them below.

Activities are listed from lower grades on the left to higher grades on the right. In general, you'll find PreK-5 examples in the left column, middle school examples in the middle column, and high school examples in the right column.

You can find MANY more Hour of Code activities at

Unplugged Activities

Online Activities

Spread the Word Before and Celebrate After your Hour of Code

Use the hashtags #CSforGWAEA, #CSforIA, #CSEdWeek, and #HourOfCode on social media to spread the word before your event and to celebrate afterword!

Additional Hour of Code Resources

Don't miss our other 2020 resources! Click the image below to check out:

📝 Our blog post & event planning template

🖥 Grab & Go resources you can use immediately

  • CodeBytes! - Live 20 minute lessons at 10a & 3:30p hosted daily December 7 - 11
  • Take a Code Break! - 12 recorded episodes with inspirational guests & activities for all kids

🎯 Variety of resources to meet your unique classroom model & needs
🌎 Resources to use CS for Change

Questions? Contact Us!

Hour of Code is a wonderful way to build excitement and provide students and educators opportunities to code! Please contact Corey Rogers if you're interested in incorporating Computer Science and coding into your learning community.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Corey ( or your district's Digital Learning Consultant for more information.

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