Oklahoma City Public Schools ConnectED Newsletter
December 20, 2015
AT&T Aspire Grant
Hour of Code
Hour of Code is a global movement which takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week was December 7-13, 2015, but organizations can host an Hour of Code all year round. The 5th and 6th grade students at Arthur Elementary eagerly participated! The hour of code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. The measure of success of this campaign is not in how much CS students learn - the success is reflected in broad participation across gender and ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and the resulting increase in enrollment and participation we see in CS courses at all grade levels. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.
Besides the students, another "learner" is the educator who gains the confidence after one hour that they can teach computer science even though they may not have a college degree as a computer scientist. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue computer science further, either attending PD or offering follow-on online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators too, who realize that computer science is something their students want and their teachers are capable of.
(Excerpts from hourofcode.com and code.org)
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